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Remote control palmed off

Posted by: Ian Rowley on August 8, 2006

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Those wasted hours searching for remote controls could soon be over. Researchers at Osaka University in Japan have come up with a new system where palm movements, rather than remotes, are used to control domestic appliances. Instead of using a handheld controller, the group have developed a system which projects a screen on to the palm of the hand. Then, as the user “presses” the buttons with the other hand a camera captures the movements and the data is used to change channels, volume etc. At the moment that requires some fairly cumbersome equipment (See: here) but the brains behind the system hope to have a practical version ready in five years. As someone with six remote controls in my living room alone (that’s for the TV, cable TV set-top box, hifi, projector, DVD player and air conditioning unit) the prospect of operating the lot from the palm of my hand can’t come soon enough.

Reader Comments


August 8, 2006 3:56 AM

Personally, I think it's a bit impractical, seeing as how the controls I'd want to use can't possibly all fit on the palm of my hand...


August 25, 2006 11:32 AM

It´s impresive a Palm control remote. Japanise people always surprise me. The same happen to me with the company where I work. AXPE CONSULTING. Everyday is a new experience.



September 1, 2006 7:04 AM

Nice idea, have they ever thought of anything like voice-activated controls for tv, cable, etc
Remember smart-house which works on Voice activated controls rather than these kinda time-wasting gimmicks!!!!!

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