Toshiba unloads LED and 3D smart, personal HDTVs

Continuing on, Toshiba has several new LED HDTVs to unload, some with 3D support and one touted as the "world's first" personal TV with face recognition.

Continuing on, Toshiba has several new LED HDTVs to unload, some with 3D support and one touted as the "world's first" personal TV with face recognition.

The UL863 series (pictured above) is really the most intriguing of the TVs introduced today. These devices can identify up to four users using built-in face recognition. Why would that even be necessary? Well, it would automatically adjust the personal settings put in place by the individual user such as volume and favorite channel list. One could argue we've reached a whole new level of laziness here and it's unlikely most consumers would spend extra money simply for that capability, but perhaps it could be useful for someone.

This series is also the only one mentioned here that includes an integrated WLAN interface for Wi-Fi connections. All of these Toshiba TV collections include Smart TV models with DLNA support for connecting and sharing over the same home network. However, both the SL833 (pictured below) and VL863 (pictured right) have to connect using an optional WLAN dongle.

Both the SL833 and UL863 models are available in 32-, 37-, 42- and 46-inch display sizes, host a quartet of HDMI ports along with dual USB 2.0 slots and are Windows 7 certified. The VL863 only ships in 42- and 47-inches wide. Furthermore, all of these full HD LCD panels sport edge LED backlighting and a 16:9 aspect ratio.
Note that pricing hasn't been announced for any of these panels just yet. Both the UL863 series and VL863 series will roll out in Europe during the second quarter. The VL863 is slated for a May release in Europe.

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