December 19, 2012
LG Magic Remote Has Siri-Like Voice Recognition
Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
Even LG wants to get in on the Gangnam Style fun, introducing a new version of their Magic Remote with improved voice-activation features.
This new remote will begin shipping with their upcoming Cinema 3D Smart TVs, making surfing through your TV libraries as easy– or as frustrating– as speaking into a phallic remote. While the previous Magic Remote featured voice activated control, it would only understand certain terms and search queries. The newly revised remote is said to feature new language recognition capabilities which allow the user to speak commands in a “simple, natural, interactive and conversational” way.
In a press statement, Havis Kwon, the President and CEO of LG Home Electronics praised the remote, saying: “LG is committed to providing innovative home entertainment solutions and the Magic Remote is a key pillar of the CINEMA 3D Smart TV user experience.”
“Building on an already impressive feature set, the latest version boasts accurate language recognition and its gesture, wheel and point control options makes the Magic Remote stand out amongst its competition as a truly intuitive device.”
The voice interaction works much like another, popular voice-driven feature: Siri.
Pressing a button on the remote will get it to begin listening to you. At that point, you can hold the remote a few inches away from your mouth and speak a command into it.
In an example used by LG, users can say things like “Show me Gangnam Style video,” and the television will broadcast a wildly dancing PSY, all for the user´s enjoyment.
In addition to using your voice, the Magic Remote also houses a scroll wheel for surfing through web sites, Google Maps, or other directories.
The newly revised Magic Remote has another trick up its sleeve: Gesture Recognition.
By pressing and holding the “OK” button, a user can draw the number of the channel they wish to watch in the air with the remote and it will understand.
This gesture feature can also be used to create shortcuts to parts of the menu which aren´t often accessed. As an example, a user can press the OK button and draw a picture of a “V” with their remote to return to the previous channel. LG plans to show off these new remotes during this year´s CES in Las Vegas where they´ll also be presenting their latest Cinema 3D TVs.
Voice-controlled TVS are one of those futuristic innovations which sound like a great idea on the surface. However, if there´s anything Jack Donaghy from NBC's "30 Rock" has taught us, it´s that a TV might “hear” what you´re saying, but it won´t always “Understand.”
Additionally, for all the great things Apple´s Siri can do, there are many instances in which it´s simply faster to tap through the menus and perform your task the old fashioned way. In the time it takes you to press the button, speak into the remote and have it understand and perform the action, it´s likely you could have already navigated to the latest episode of Duck Dynasty by then.
Plus, is it really that much more difficult to move your fingers a bit to find your channel?