New Patent Application Images Crop Up, Possibly For Sony’s Android TVs


We’re expecting to see Sony and Intel do a 3-man tag with Google tomorrow at Google I/O to show off their new Android-based, Sony-built, Atom-powered TVs (man, that’s a diverse partnership), and now we’ve come across a year-old patent that Sony filed that may give us a preview of what we can expect to see tomorrow.


The images and their descriptions tells of a customizable user experience where the viewer can customize the way they view their content. They can add overlays, frames, captions, and all sorts of things to their media through the TV’s software. Another interesting feature described is the ability to create “cliff note” version of a video. The example they provide is if you only want to see the plays in a football game from the ball being snapped to the whistle being blown.

You could then share that cliff-note version and allow others to use it on their own TVs. None of these ideas may apply to the TV we’re expecting to see tomorrow, but it’s worth keeping an eye out on what you see described here. Are you hoping for some of these features and more to make it into Sony’s news product?

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Really – a patent for a “customizable user experience where the viewer can customize the way they view their content”. PLEASE say the patent was NOT granted.

    Pretty soon we will have to pay royalties for unzipping our pants when we go to the bathroom – oh I’m sorry, I meant “the PROCESS of unzipping our pants with one or both hands to facilitate the excretion of waste from one’s body”.

  2. I am not sure about this one.

  3. I really want a seamless user interface from T.V. to my car to my phone to my laptop to my desktop. I want this all done by being able to have these devices recognize when my phone enters their proximity and gives me the option to display and control my phones screen and features. The control would either be done with first of all my phones screen, a full sized keyboard, standard mouse, new Tivo remote with qwerty keyboard. This would be my ultimate life setup. Its coming but it can’t come quick enough. Oh and I want my PS5 to be thrown in there as well. (No I don’t have a PS5 but that will be the version by then!)

  4. I’m all for added functionality, and can see myself using this a lot more than I can 3D tech( although in a couple of years I’ll probably pick up a set once 3D becomes fairly standard.) I already have my pc hooked up to my bigscreen for added video and internet content and use a laptop for all my productivity stuff, so anything that work towards making me a one product solution for TV, movies, gaming, simple internet browsing, etc, hey, I’m all for it. Make it a Google product and it’s even better;)

  5. Is that dude on the picture doing what I think he’s doing?

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