Have you ever wanted to use the Xbox Kinect’s hand gestures on other things such as your computer, phone, or TV? Hisense and eyeSight have made part of that a reality by developing TVs that you can control with your hands. And, we can only imagine that someone is already working on the other two.
In the past, Google has introduced “smart TV” technology that brings the Internet right into your television. However, you must buy a controller, such as the Logitech Revue, to control one of these smart TVs. Now, along with a built-in 2D camera, users can swipe their hands in front of their TVs to control things like volume, channels, and more.
In addition, since Google has already brought apps, Youtube, Netflix and so much more into your TV, what stops Google from turning your television into a computer, gaming system, and even a screen that plays live video? Oh wait, they did that back in 1926.
With Microsoft continually adding games to the Kinect, Google adding Android and Internet, and now Hisense and eyeSight adding hand gestures, we might as well be talking about a new market in technology gadgets.
Although smart TVs do not require any new technology, just old technology put together into one system, they would give users access to control the Internet, apps, live TV, computing power, and much more, all with their hands, and from the comfort of their own couch.
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I already controle the internet from my couch with my laptop, and I can watch tv on the tv AT THE SAME TIME! I don’t understand why anyone would want to browse the internet on their TV. The hand gestures are pretty cool though. I’d love to swipe my hand and change the channel and raise or lower the volume. That’ll be pretty useful as long as it’s good at distinguishing actual inputs from random movements.