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Turn Your Regular TV into a Smart TV With KDE Plasma Bigscreen

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KDE’s upcoming Plasma Bigscreen project lets you use open source technologies to turn your regular TV into a smart one.
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KDE Plasma Bigscreen for TVs and TV Boxes Offers a Linux

  • KDE Plasma Bigscreen for TVs and TV Boxes Offers a Linux Alternative to Android TV

    KDE Plasma is a desktop environment initially developed for Linux Desktop PC or SBCs, but that’s also available on Linux phones with Plasma Mobile (previously known as Plasma Active).

    The developers have now decided to work on a version for the big screens with Plasma Bigscreen suitable for TVs and TV boxes and offering an open-source, Linux-based alternative o Android TV.

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KDE Working On "Plasma Bigscreen" As TV Interface With AI Voice

  • KDE Working On "Plasma Bigscreen" As TV Interface With AI Voice Assistant

    Plasma Bigscreen is a new KDE project aiming to provide a user interface for television screens

    Besides having an UI adapted for TV use, Plasma Bigscreen also incorporates the Mycroft AI voice assistant in aiming to be a robust Smart TV platform. KDE Plasma Bigscreen aims to be innovative, support full voice control, and easy to expand with new "skills" capabilities.

Plasma BigScreen — A Brand New Free Linux Desktop For Smart TVs

  • Plasma BigScreen — A Brand New Free Linux Desktop For Smart TVs

    one are the days when televisions were only used for broadcasting programs by third parties. Now, anyone can turn their normal TV screen into a smart TV, running web applications or streaming videos — thanks to various TV software that ease the task along with voice command support.

    In addition to the same, KDE has launched Plasma Bigscreen — a new free and open-source desktop environment for big TV screens. The Plasma BigScreen is powered by KDE Plasma and Mycroft AI’s voice assistant technology to enhance the user experience on smart TV platforms.

Plasma Bigscreen Is A New Smart TV Experience

  • Plasma Bigscreen Is A New Smart TV Experience Powered By Raspberry Pi 4 And KDE

    Smart TVs are becoming more and more complete computers, but unfortunately there the experience tends to be a tight walled garden between proprietary platform, services and privacy-infringing features. Features which are very cool, like voice control, but in order to not pose a threat to the user privacy should be on a free software stack and depending less on proprietary cloud platforms where possible.

    Plasma Bigscreen is just entering Beta, and is currently available to download and install on the Raspberry Pi 4. On paper, it looks incredible promising for a few reasons:

Raspberry Pi Smart TV: Plasma Bigscreen Project Offers...

  • Raspberry Pi Smart TV: Plasma Bigscreen Project Offers Open-Source UI

    With many people stuck at home, the desire for an at-home media center is greater than ever. But what if you could add an open-source user interface (UI), or ditch the one built into your TV, with the help of Raspberry Pi? With Plasma Bigscreen, a new AI voice and KDE open-source development released this week, it's possible to use your Raspberry Pi 4 as a center of your media hub.

    "Plasma Bigscreen powers the interface on a single-board computer and uses the Mycroft AI voice assistant to provide a smart TV platform," it says on KDE.org. "Plasma Bigscreen will deliver not only media-rich applications, but also traditional desktop applications redesigned to fit the Bigscreen experience.

KDE Developers Are Working on a TV Interface

  • KDE Developers Are Working on a TV Interface

    The developers of the KDE desktop are hard at work to create a TV interface.

    Never one to remain stagnant, the developers of the KDE desktop are hard at work creating what they have dubbed “Plasma Bigscreen.” This new project has one goal – to develop a user interface aimed at television screens.

    This new interface will also integrate with the open source Mycroft AI voice assistant to create a smart TV platform that will include full voice control and can be expanded with Mycroft “skills.” The platform will be free, open source, innovative, and community supported. Out of the box, Big Plasma will include some simple skills, such as the Youtube Voice Application, which allows users to interact with Youtube via voice command.

    Plasma Bigscreen will also include the Aura Browser, based on the QtWebEngine. This browser has been designed to work completely with arrow key navigation, so you won’t need a mouse to control the app (just your remote). In fact, the entire Plasma Bigscreen interface is intended to be easily used via remote control, and includes experimental support for HDMI-CEC (HDMI Consumer Electronics Control).

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