Intel's New Remote Knows Who You Are

Posted Tue Jul 13, 2010 at 11:00 AM PDT by Dick Ward

The device uses motion tracking to detect and identify you, your family, and your children.

Customization, in the past, has always been reliant on user programming. You can set up separate Windows logins, profiles for the driver's seat in your car, and remote control layouts, but it's only convenient once it's done. You have to set it all up in the first place.

The latest proposal from Intel is for a remote that recognizes you, not by your face or your fingerprints, but by the way you hold a controller. According to early studies, the remote is capable of identifying the user between 60 and 90 percent of the time.

The idea is that everyone holds remotes differently and moves differently. The remote takes constant measurements until it can determine just who's holding it, and then tailors itself to the user.

One practical application is using the smart remote as a censor, making sure that kids can only watch shows they're allowed to watch. Since the remote is able to determine who is using it, there's much less of a chance that they'll be able to bypass it.

Source: Branislav Kveton (PDF)

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