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New TV Remote Controls Respond to Apps, Speech, Gestures

May 10, 2012

Fighting for the remote control is about to get a whole lot more interesting.

TV makers are employing technological developments in the mobile and gaming sectors - voice recognition, gesture sensors and smartphone apps - to redesign the TV remote control, which is overdue for a makeover.

The new remotes are shipped only with the latest (and expensive) generation of smart TVs, and the speak-to-the-TV revolution is mostly limited to early tech adopters who are willing to tolerate early-stage kinks. But industry experts are betting the technology will improve over time


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