To be candid, the TV remote hasn’t changed all that much in the last 20 years. At the end of the day all you really need to be able to do is dial in a channel, increase the volume and occasionally mess with the set’s settings. But as the TV becomes increasingly more complicated, such as being able to surf the Net and access a variety of content online, using a standard remote would be an infuriating experience. LG attempted to address this quandry with their Magic Motion remote and Vizio is hip to the game by including a Bluetooth QWERTY remote. Samsung ain’t feeling either of these designs and instead has opted for a new remote that blends the traditional remote control with a mouse pad.
The remote’s name is unknown, but it will be included with TVs released later this year. The top portion incorporates a touchpad for navigating the TV’s menu system, while a set of dedicated buttons that sit adjacent to the touchpad allow users to change the volume and flip through channels. For those seeking a less traditional approach, Samsung has added a microphone to their remote, letting viewers speak commands to their TV. Samsung has used a combination of Bluetooth and IR, which means it will work with TVs and hopefully Blu-ray players such as the PS3.
Right now there is no word on a price or availability.