LG beats and destroy APPLE Dreams. LG the South Korean electronics company has launched their own voice-operated remote control (compatiable with the LG Cinema 3D line of smart TV sets).They have also ruled out apple Apple’s plans to roll out the first voice control TV product. Speculation on the much-talked about Apple TV set commonly point to the application of voice-controlled features with Siri. However, Apple isn’t going to be the first company to pioneer the concept of telling your entertainment set what to play. That honor actually goes to Microsoft’s Kinect, which works in conjunction with the Xbox 360 to navigate your console’s content and vocally control video playback.
However, LG Electronics can boast that they’ve (technically) got the first smart TV lineup with built-in voice-command software, thanks to the Magic Motion Remote Control. LG’s Korean branch “unveiled” the remote via press release today, but the device has actually been popping up in trade shows since last year. Now that it’s out to market, you can probably expect them to be pushed heavily alongside the company’s Cinema 3D Smart TVs.
LG have decided to use the feature in a new version of their ‘Magic Remote’, which offers a scroll wheel and Nintendo Wii-style motion controllers in addition to regular TV remote features, as well as 3D-exclusive options such as the conversion button..
Havis Kwon president of LG Home Entertainment told the press that
“LG has been striving to constantly improve the comfort and convenience with which our customers use the CINEMA 3D Smart TVs,” said Havis Kwon, President and CEO of LG Home Entertainment Company. “The new Magic Remote is our latest example, incorporating new functions that will make it easier for users to approach and use the CINEMA 3D Smart TVs, particularly our Smart TV function which now has over 1,000 apps and a growing abundance of premium content.”
The Magic Remote’s most obvious difference with conventional remote controls is that push-buttons constitute merely one dimension of the intuitive user experience. By implementing voice recognition technology into Magic Remote, users can enter text –- such as search terms -– with voice commands, speeding up the overall Smart TV browsing experience.
The Wheel located at the center of the Magic Remote enables users to swiftly scroll up and down various menus and apps, allowing users to make quicker selections. Meanwhile, the Pointing function (formerly known as Point and Click) allows users to simply point the Magic Remote toward the TV screen and drag the on-screen cursor to make selections. Through Pointing, users can also navigate through LG’s Smart TV ecosystem without having to use multiple buttons and arrow keys. Additionally, physical Magic Gestures can be inputted as commands, enabling users to control CINEMA 3D Smart TVs with simple arm or wrist movements.
In addition to the four control functions, the Magic Remote also offers the 3D button, which undertakes 2D to 3D conversion with a single click of the button. Due to its arched ergonomic design, the new Magic Remote is easier to grip and hold onto, allowing for a more comfortable CINEMA 3D Smart TV experience.
It is a new type of market which all entertainment-related services (such as the Xbox 360′s ’Kinect’) seem to want a piece of, with integration for internet-connected TV sets a key motivation for producing the technology, as developers search for new ways to make accessing a range of connected content quicker and easierLG was quick to introduce Wii-style motion controls and pointing to its smart TV controllers, As we take a close look at the system we see that the remote control activates commands and searches for key text in the apps running on their Cinema 3D Smart TVs. Along with the voice recognition, the remote also packs a scroll wheel, a 2D-to-3D switch, and built-in motion controls so that you can point at the TV screen directly. Of course, none of the innovations here are especially groundbreaking, but the combination of all the features into the remote should arguably eliminate the need for multi-button panels. Sure, the technology at work here doesn’t involve speaking directly to the TV itself, but the real unknown quantity here is probably the quality of the voice recognition software.