Will Intel Lead a Television Revolution in 2013?

Warning signs show that Internet-connected smart TVs may not be heading for widespread popularity any time soon; a December report from the research firm NPD found that less than 15 percent of smart-TV owners use the devices for listening to music, surfing the Internet, or shopping online. Even though Intel’s (NASDAQ:INTC) Smart TV platform has seen only a few successful designs so far, the company is looking to capitalize on the changing habits of television watchers with a new offering.

Digitimes reported on Friday that Intel would be joining with Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ), Lenovo (LNVGY.PK), Quanta Computer (QUCPF.PK), and Compal Electronics (CMPCY.PK) to launch a new smart-TV platform in 2013.

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What does Intel have in store for television in 2013?

Since 2007, Intel has been releasing home entertainment products including IPTV set-top boxes and low-power processors for networked media players, interactive televisions, and Google TV products. However, the publication’s sources in the component industry stated that the new platform will go beyond basic PC functionality by focusing on its user interface, and it will incorporate voice, gesture, and face recognition systems…