Remotes have liberated us from the days of dial TVs, but too often we lose or break them. Soon, and thanks to Toshiba research arm, we’ll drop the remote in the trash and depend on our limbs and hands to control our home entertainment sets.
Using a camera embedded in the bevel of the TV, the system can read the user’s gestures allowing them to change channels or move the cursor. A greater level of accuracy can be achieved through the use of multiple cues, such as color or ID cards.
The research is still very nascent, but let’s hope this can be a software upgrade that we install on our home media centers.