This level of interactivity with LG's recent purchase of webOS, I have high hopes for a near perfect HMI for our television's many new peripherals. I personally have 7 different streaming devices on my living room TV (XBOX, Bluray, Boxee Box, Roku 3, a PC, a Wii, and yes... a VCR). Switching between the group, navigating the many different styles is often cumbersome.
Just because it can be done does not mean that it is a good idea, or even that it is not a really stupid idea, in fact. Gestures, that is, those done by moving the remote, will lead to all sorts of unintentional input commands, since often the remote gets moved around during actions other than issuing commands to the TV stsem. Pets, children, eating motions, and just position changes, all could make things happen that were not intended. One other reality is that it would certainly raise the price of the remote, probably far more than the increase in actual value.
When laying on the couch under a blanket, I can't see myself gesturing. However combined with voice recognition, this would be well suited.
I base this on my experience with newer automobiles. I am constantly giving voice commands to change the radio, or control the climate. However once I am in the correct frequency band, I still find myself hitting the "radio buttons" and volume knob.
Also I'm a male, so for channel surfing there is nothing simpler than hitting a single button while pointing the remote through a opening under my blanket. With gestures, I'd be afraid of lifting off (with all the hand waving).
The article mentioned "couch potato" and at least this requires some physical motion other than a button press. Perhap it could multiple "physical fitness" settings. A more agressive might require larger and multiple gestures to get something done (three big circles with both hands to increment/decrement volume one tick). Or would require some coordinated motion also including legs. Or having to stand up and sit back down. Five seconds of the watusi for up channel, 5 seconds of the twist for down channel. Who knows - it might work - the want/need to channel surf is a powerful motivation.
I'd like to see how the system reacts to "gesture" when my 8 year old son picks up the remote and throws it at his twin brother. I can think of some algorithms to cope with this, including speech synthesis.
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