Snap, clap or wave to control it
Got too many buttons on your remote control? JVC thinks you can get rid of all of them—maybe even the remote itself.
In a back corner of its suite at Caesar’s Palace, the company was showing off concepts for the TV of tomorrow (or the day after tomorrow). We’d seen some of them before—like the LED-backlit TV or the set with a 180 frames per second refresh rate.
But new for us were the concepts of how to control your set. The first uses a video camera (with microphone) to read sounds and hand gestures. A company rep was demonstrating how you can snap your hands or clap your fingers to turn on the TV, adjust the volume, or change channels. The video also shows him doing something with hand gestures, though it wasn’t clear to us what. (As you'll hear on the video, a bunch of people in the booth thought it was funny, at least.)
So remote, it's gone
A second concept—which for some reason they wouldn’t let us shoot—uses remote, but only a very tiny one. Looking more like the controller for a DVD player, the TV’s tiny remote had only a few buttons, like <Menu> and volume, plus a set of directional buttons.
Instead of keying in channel 200 for HBO, for example, you slide through a lineup of channels that appear like iTunes album covers at the bottom of the screen. Sound like it would get tedious if you have hundreds of stations. But JVC includes a few time-saving features. The list scrolls faster as you hold the button down longer, you can skip with one click to the front or back of the cue, and you can also jump through the cue in chunks of a few dozen or hundred.
JVC thinks this will be the most effect way to navigate not just hundreds of channels, but content from disc players, cameras, the Internet and a hard-drive-equipped media server that the company is thinking about building.—Sean Captain
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