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.
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.
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.
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