Bit by bit, technology inches forward and the world changes around us. Even things that we take for granted evolve dramatically from year to year. TVs, in particular, have changed significantly over the past several decades. Just 50 years ago, black and white TVs were still more common than their color-capable counterparts. Now, there are many different types of TVs with a variety of capabilities, sizes, and shapes. Among them, many TVs carry the “smart” designation, but what exactly makes them smart?


1. What Does “Smart” Entail?

Technically, smart is just a marketing buzzword that indicates that competing products are “dumb,” even if they are comparable. Because of this, there is no exact definition of what a smart product is or is capable of doing. In general, there are a couple of types of smart technologies. Some smart devices require no connection to the internet or any other network but do have intuitive user interfaces that allow for automation and programming. Smart connected devices use systems such as WiFi or Bluetooth to communicate with each other or the internet. This allows them to link together, provide useful information, and stay up-to-date. Most smart TVs fall under this category.

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