Gesture Remote looks to control the TV of the future

The Gesture Remote offers users spatial gesture access and control of content on a TV

How many device remotes do you have? One for the TV, one for the DVD/Blu-ray player, one for cable/satellite box, one for the hi-fi and perhaps even one for the computer – have I missed any? Maybe you’ve tried to consolidate all of these various remotes into one big universal control with lots and lots of buttons. The Gesture Remote offers something a bit different. The simple interface is completely free of buttons and spatial thumb gestures are used to access menus and choose content.

The Gesture Remote prototype from IDENT Technology, LUNAR Europe andZinosign offers intuitive remote control without the need for buttons as we understand them today. The remote uses something called Z-Sense technology, which is based on the GestIC 3D user interface we first saw in the Gesture Cubeconcept. The technology detects and tracks three-dimensional, mid-air hand, finger or body movements and translates the gestures into software commands. It not only registers position but direction and velocity of spatial movement too.

This universal remote for the 21st Century has been designed and created to serve a new multimedia world where users need to go beyond simple channel-hopping on the TV and access on-demand services, social networking services and web-based file-sharing portals. Instead of being faced with a huge number of buttons, a user would access and control menus and content with simple gesturing above the surface of the device.

Using a thumb over the top surface, the Gesture Remote can act as a virtual mouse to drag and drop, click and select or can scroll, flick, rotate, or zoom in & out for volume control and channel selection. A circular motion, for instance, brings up the electronic program guide, where the interactive multimedia experience awaits. A light tap on the surface confirms an action.

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