Sometimes you're just watching tv - nothing in particular - just cause you are, when something comes on that makes you crack up. It could be an advert, or a comedy show etc. You weren't expecting it, so you're not recording. Other times you might just want to watch something funny to cheer yourself up,
but can't find anything suitable.
Is this you? You need Chuckle Vision!
This would require a PVR capable home PC with a microphone and an installation of BakerSoft's Chuckle Vision*.
* BakerSoft's Chuckle Vision - Advanced Laughter Detection and Automated Video Editor Suite
Once you have tuned** Chuckle Vision to your own laughter, sit back and watch tv as normal.
** Tuning might not be required if the software and micropone can detect the frequency differences between tv reproduced sound and real, live, human laughter.
The PVR starts by caching a pre-defined amount of the channel you're watching. Nothing drastically new yet. This is basic functionallity of tv on demand. The *magic* only starts, ( only the illusion of magic hb'ers ) when the viewer starts laughing, and the Chuckle Vision engine kicks in. The laugh initiates a grammar checker. ( similar to that of office but supremely more versatile, and comedy aware )
The grammar checker scans the pre-recorded cache until it finds, what it decides is the start of the joke. ( The cache lengh requirements will probably depend on the viewer. Some may require some humorous foreplay before their outbursts, whereas others will probably by happy with some easy one liners) The entire joke string is then copied to the Chuckle Vision Data Base. It may sound long winded, but all of this has happened with no intervention and no additional interaction with your PVR.
The outcome: personal laughter collections (play-lists) The funniest tv you've seen [ last [hour, day, week, month ] late at night, on weekends, etc]
Chuckle Vision can also provide full integration with a web cam for the Director's commentary option (Pro version only?) , ...a picture in picture of the viewers reaction to the recorded comedy.
This function could work in addition to any other recording the viewer was undertaking. Eg. As well as recording the whole comedy show, Chuckle Vision automatically saves a second edited version of the best bits.