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Gesture Control Coming to a Television Near You

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Rob Spiegel
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Easier than pushing buttons?
Rob Spiegel   4/3/2013 9:36:14 AM
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Hey Chuck,

Usually technology is designed to improve performance or improve convenience. I don't see either one with this. Maybe it's for people who consistently misplace their remotes. Or maybe there is a generational aspect to this that I don't see.

Charles Murray
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Re: Easier than pushing buttons?
Charles Murray   4/3/2013 9:49:53 AM
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Hi Rob! Great to hear from you. There is a bit of a generational factor here, as you suggest, but mostly it's about making a remote that will work with your laptop when it's plugged into the TV. People don't want to use a mouse when they're watching TV. The theory is, they will be more comfortable with gestures. I don't think this technology would have ever been developed if it weren't for the laptop-TV combination.

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Rob Spiegel   4/3/2013 9:53:15 AM
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OK, got it Chuck. That makes sense. I wonder what control technology will be necessary when they hook the dishwasher to the TV.

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Elizabeth M   4/3/2013 10:37:29 AM
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Definitely seems like the ultimate couch-potato accessory for the 21st century, where people no longer have TVs but computers plugged into flat screens. Quite interesting technology, Chuck, but with things like the Wii game console having been around for awhile, I'm surprised someone didn't think of it sooner.

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tekochip   4/3/2013 11:12:07 AM
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We'll have to see how smooth the implementation is. I have a Smart TV now, and I don't see how gestures would help. I think the whole UI would have to be redesigned to make it work smoothly.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Easier than pushing buttons?
Rob Spiegel   4/3/2013 11:22:17 AM
Hey Elizabeth,

 

You're right, the gesture technology is not new. Perhaps the reason it hadn't hit TV yet is that the remote is very efficient.

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SENSOR LIKE
far911   4/3/2013 1:51:21 PM
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ALL THAT HE IS MENTIONING IS MORE OR LESS LIKE A SENSOR WORKING IN DIFFERENT GAMES LIKE PS 3, NINTENDO ETC.

HOW EFFECTIVE WILL IT BE IN PERFORMANCE TIME WILL TELL.

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Gesture Control
apresher   4/3/2013 2:32:16 PM
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Definitely there is a need for intuitive controls for the television to take its place as the multimedia center of the one, as so many are predicting.  Will be interesting to see if this approach works.

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Re: Easier than pushing buttons?
Charles Murray   4/3/2013 4:19:36 PM
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I agree, Liz. This was an inevitable technology development. That said, I could see myself sitting on the couch, struggling to get the hang of this technology, and begging for a return to my old remote.

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Guesture control TV
Mydesign   4/4/2013 2:05:44 AM
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Charles, I think some of the smart TVs from Samsung and LG have already the gesture control system. So with our hand we can change the channel, power on –Off etc by waving the hands from some 10 meters away.

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