Thanks to Yahoo Japan, nerds wishing to “level up” to the next tier of otaku-dom now have a way to combine two of their favorite vices: TV and computers. Yahoo’s 1-seg Widget is for Windows PCs with digital TV tuners that pick up the 1-seg mobile broadcasts and combines some smart lateral thinking to squeeze even more out of the wonder that is Japanese TV.
The tuner sends the small amount of identifying data that’s broadcast with each show and uses it to automatically query Yahoo’s search engine. The results about that particular show, such as which member of Smap is in it and where else they can be seen that evening, are then fed back to the widget for easy viewing.
It even offers the option for a Yahoo Messenger chat with other folk watching the same channel. After all, it’s not like they need to concentrate on the televisual feast spread before them, is it? (J Mark Lytle/Metropolis)© Japan Today