With the success of the Wii and Kinect videogame systems, several TV manufacturers have worked to revolutionize the way we interact with our televisions by adding gesture or voice controls in place of the traditional remote control. Are these worthwhile innovations, or useless gimmicks? Tell us what you think in our poll.
Unfortunately, I fall on the “gimmick” side of this debate. I really don’t see the point of either gesture or voice controls, other than the vaguely amusing notion that we’re practically already living in the ‘Minority Report‘ future.
This video demonstration of Samsung’s voice and gesture controls just makes both look like a tremendous pain in the butt to use:
Toshiba’s gesture control seems marginally better, but still more annoying than useful.
Honestly, what’s so difficult about using a standard remote control?
What do you make of this? Would you be interested in using either?