Think watching television from home is the perfect alone time? Think again. Verizon has filed patents for a TV set-top box equipped with cameras, motion sensors and microphones that would track the movements within a given room –- similar to that of Xbox’s Kinect system.
According to the company’s patent application, the set-top box is a “media content presentation system” that would select advertisements based on “ambient action” in the room. This may mean seeing more commercials for singles getaways when you’re snuggling with a loved one.
Systems like this aren’t new. In 2008, Comcast proposed a similar patent that would monitor what was happening in a room, and highlight specific ads. Google has also proposed plans for a similar technology.