Thursday, December 23, 2010

Television Concept: Tv Sets With Virtual Remote Controls

Hello All,

With Christmas only two days away here in my part of sunny Florida. How many of you would enjoy a television of tomorrow available today?

No I'm not speaking of those 3-D televisions with the clunky 3D glasses in order to get an eventual migraine headache. How about a television that allows the user to be their own "Remote Control". Where through voice recognition and wireless motion controller technology. The days of fumbling for a remote control under the couch cushions are gone.

Television remote control technology has been with us for about 25 to 30 years or so. Yes, its gotten way more sophisticated by adding more programmable features and confusing buttons. Where the remote control of today appears more like a magical wand of a techno wizard.

Picture, where you the TV user can control and interact with your television either by voice commands. Such as loudly saying "TV On, TV Channel 46, TV Surf My Favorite Channels, and of course TV Off". Noting that when addressing the television you can select the default "TV" nickname or create your own. So there won't be any confusion when addressing your television for a verbal command.

What about if your not interested in speaking commands like to a faithful domestic pet, albeit electronic in this case. You care to use hand or arm gestures via a wireless motion controller technology to prompt the television to your desired results. Similar to today's Microsoft Xbox 360 "Kinnect" technology that has recently debuted for its video game console. Where you the TV viewer can input motions within the range of the TVs motion camera to execute commands. Like waving your hands like you would to a person saying hello, but in this case it turns on your television. Or clapping your hands in order to turn off the television. Like the classic "Clapper" technology of years past to turn on or off lamps and so forth. Of course noting if clapping the TV virtual remote system would need safe guards. To avoid false sounds like a thunderstorm lightening clap triggering the television each time for its programmed input command.

There can be of course a combination of the two virtual remote control input commands used in tandem. Like the clapping that both triggers the sound portion of the voice recognition platform and the wireless motion controller of the TV set. Or a TV viewer says "Alice (as the TVs nickname) go to channel 46 and the TV viewer also waves their hand to cancel that command request at the last moment."

The virtual remote control will also have a portion of the TV screen. Say like a quarter of the screen that is a dedicated command screen that pop's on or off. When the TV viewer makes their command inputs, be it voice or motion controller. The virtual command screen that pops up is the equivalent of today's remote control. It also acts as a confirmation page that the television has accurately heard or seen via motions your input commands to execute. This virtual command screen can be pre-positioned to be anywhere on the screen that the user feels most comfortable with in viewing. For example be it in the center of the TV screen or one of its four corners.

In the future such virtual remote control televisions can have additional layers of interactivity. Such as advertisers promoting a new product on TV. Where the TV viewer either by a voice command input or by a pre-selected motion gesture would request additional information or a product discount coupon. Where the TV viewers information such as postal address is securely stored on a users TV set.

The voice recognition and wireless motion controller platform can also allow the original television owner. To create a "Master Password" whereby if the television is ever stolen when plugged into another location as per a physical postal address. If the "Master Password" isn't spoken and gestured the television won't operate. And it'll trigger an alert when its connected to a cable or satellite dish connection other than its own. (at its predefined physical postal address)

The added convenience and depth of interactivity can only grow with a virtual remote controlled enabled television. Be it with voice recognition or wireless motion control platforms as part of a brand new stand alone television set or purchased as an additional peripheral for the Television.