SANTA CLARA (KCBS) – One of the hottest technologies featured at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas could be the app-loaded, Internet-connected smart TVs.

Just like the iPad, TVs of the future could come fully loaded with apps, making them more like a computer than a television.

“There’s a processor and some memory in there that is actually able to run programming and make other intelligent decisions,” said Paul Semenza, Senior Vice President with Santa Clara-based Display Search.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

Semenza said the apps will be for specific channels or content providers, like Netflix.

But he said one of the challenges of smart TVs is how to control them, as most people aren’t used to having wireless keyboards on their laps.

He said gesture-driven technologies, like Microsoft’s Xbox Kinnect, may be the way of the future.

“You train the TV to understand your gestures or you learn the gestures they’d understand and sit on the couch and wave at the TV,” said Semenza.

But with the extra hardware and extra set-up required, he said smart TVs may not be a hit with average consumers just yet.

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