With Movea’s new technology, viewers will be able to change channels, adjust the volume, rewind a movie, browse the Internet, or control myriad other functions with simple physical gestures. (Source: Movea)
Many of today's electronic products rely heavily on the coolness factor, as well as the coolness-in-marketing factor.
@charles, problem that the manufacturers are facing is, there is lack of innovation that is happening in televisions these days. Moreover 3D which was supposed to be the next big thing in television industry didnt get positive reviews. Hence manufacturers are forced to implement such cool factor to distinguish their product from the rival products.
I would recommend someone install a ringer or beeper so I can call, hear an audible then start searching.
@bobjengr, that is a great Idea. I think we need to have such beepers installed in keys,wallet, remotes etc which we usually misplace. We should have an app installed in our mobile which will control all these beepers. This will make finding back the misplaced items easy.
Hey Bobjengr, the kids are the worst with remotes. My kids find the weirdest places to misplace them. I'll find the cable remote in the kitchen, the TV remote under the couch, and the DVD remote on the stairs. It doesn't follow any logic, which makes it that much harder to find them. Asking the kids is no help at all.
Rob--Good comment. My grandchildren constantly misplace or hide the remote. This is just about the only useful application I can see for this emerging technology. I would recommend someone install a ringer or beeper so I can call, hear an audible then start searching. That would be much more beneficial for me right now. I don't do video games so I'm sure this advancement is in line with the younger members of our society.
Usually, I don't like using innovations like this one, especially when I've grown accustomed to the traditional method -- in this case, the conventional, ultra-simple remote. But I'm taking the other side on this. Having spent the last four years watching my son's college basketball games (it's too far to travel to weekday games) on my laptop, which has been hooked up to my television, I see the advantage of the gesture methodology described here. Getting to the school's website for every game, scrolling through the Internet sites of various opposing teams with a touchpad, trying to watch the TV screen while my finger moved the cursor across the laptop display, I came to understand the problems of using a laptop that's attached to a TV set. There's gotta be a better way, and I'm willing to try gestures in my search for that better way.
The question of whether engineers could have foreseen the shortcut maintenance procedures that led to the crash of American Airlines Flight 191 in 1979 will probably linger for as long as there is an engineering profession.
More than 35 years later, the post-mortem on one of the country’s worst engineering disasters appears to be simple. A contractor asked for a change in an original design. The change was approved by engineers, later resulting in a mammoth structural collapse that killed 114 people and injured 216 more.
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