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New Toshiba UL863 TV series recognizes its viewers

Toshiba Europe unveils a new range of smart and personal LED-TVs. The UL863 series feature Personal-TV. The unit is able to identify, via face recognition, up to four users sitting in front of the TV and automatically select their personal settings. The face-recognition application fed by the embedded camera and automatically selects a personal preset chosen by each user before. Presets include the personal picture settings and a channel list. The TV also stores the latest volume level and preloads it automatically when the TV is switched on...

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Check out this detailed description of the Auto Calibration featurePersonal-TV identifies up to four users and automatically selects their favoured picture, sound and channel settings

Toshiba Europe GmbH today unveiled a new range of smart and personal LED-TVs: the UL863 series. The devices feature Personal-TV that is able to identify, via face recognition, up to four users sitting in front of the TV and automatically select their personal settings. The UL863 series devices also give access to Toshiba Places, Toshiba's content and service platform. They support the HbbTV standard  (Hybrid broadcast broadband TV), allow USB video recording, have an embedded WLAN interface and are Windows® 7 certified. The new UL863 range features TVs with screen sizes of 81cm (32”), 94cm (37”), 107cm (42'') and 117cm (46”). It will be available during the second quarter 2011 in Europe.

Personal-TV: Personally connected with the TV
To personalise the TV's usability, Toshiba integrates Personal-TV into its new UL863 series. The face-recognition application fed by the embedded camera is able to identify up to four different viewers in front of the screen. It then automatically selects a personal preset chosen by each user before. Presets include personal picture settings and a personal channel list. The TV also stores the latest volume level, referring to the user, and preloads it automatically whenever the user switches the TV on again.

Via its embedded camera, Personal-TV also recognises whether anybody is sitting in front of the TV at all. The tool automatically switches the TV into standby-mode if no-one is watching for a time. This energy saving action noticeably helps to reduce the users' ecological footprint.

Smart-TV: Connected to services and peripherals
Via an embedded WLAN interface, the UL 863 series TVs easily connect wirelessly to the home network. They offer access to Toshiba Places, Toshiba's Web-based content and service platform for laptops and TVs. To complement the Toshiba Places services and content portfolio, the UL863 series TVs support HbbTV , the European standard for providing an open platform that seamlessly combines TV services delivered via broadcast with services delivered via broadband.

To keep up with the increasing number of channels offering a huge selection of broadcasting and movies, the UL863 series TVs feature USB video recording.

Auto Calibration for picture quality on studio level
Toshiba also integrated the Auto Calibration  tool into the new TV series. Measured by an analyser  that is connected via USB, Auto Calibration automatically chooses a parameter setting that delivers picture quality which is normally only found in high-end TVs and professional studio equipment only.

Additional information: Check out this detailed description of the Auto Calibration feature
June 5, 2011
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