The new liquid crystal display television will let people watch two programmes at the same time which, if adopted widely, could raise yet another technology issue for Barb to deal with.
The television can display two separate full screen images simultaneously; one to each group of viewers sat either side of the TV set. It was launched in Tokyo last week.
People to the left could use the LCD screen to watch TV while the viewers to the right could watch a DVD or play video games. The screen uses a technology called DualView that was designed at Sharp's laboratories in Oxford. DualView will also be sold to other companies including mobile phone and computer manufacturers.