Scientists believe that the humble TV remote could soon be consigned to the history books thanks to the development of a new technology that can be controlled by gestures.
A team of computer scientists from Lancaster University has created a new device that enables users to interact with digital TV screens through everyday movements or by waving an object at the receiver.
This only requires a basic webcam and operates by displaying a series of moving ‘targets’ that circle around a small widget that sits in the corner of the TV screen.
There are already a number of TVs on sale that can operate using hand gestures; however, this new device provides added flexibility because it does not require a specific body part to issue the signal to operate. It can operate even when the user is lying on the sofa or is standing with their hands full.
To activate this new technology, the system user synchronises their head, hand or object movements with its integrated targets to set up the functions such as menu viewing, channel switching and volume control. The system will still need a TV aerial and regular maintenance by an expert, such as tv aerial repair in stroud by Steve Unett.
The underpinning technology, which is called spontaneous spatial coupling, is likely to herald the smart home devices of the future, allowing users to adjust controls in their home whatever they are doing and without needing to change position or put down any objects they are holding in their hands.
No more frantic hunts
After having their Gloucester TV aerial installation carried out, homeowners will no longer need to frantically look for the remote control when they want to watch something on the TV; instead, they can simply wave at the screen to active the sensors.
This certainly spells good news for anyone who has torn their hair out over a missing remote and is yet another step forward in the development of smart home technology. Users can already use technology to set and adjust their lighting and heating, to turn on music and manage stations and controls, and to keep an eye on the security of their home.
This development has to beg the question of what will come next for digital homes?