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New audio visual devices such as digital televisions, blu-ray players and media players contain so many features that the remote controls required to operate them have almost as many buttons than the keyboard on your PC. But why do we need so many buttons – many of which never get pressed?
The lack of a motion sensing input device – think of your computer mouse or a Wii remote – means that a menu is the only way to change settings on these products. All the buttons are simply shortcuts to certain pre-selected menu options.
A motion sensing remote requires a graphical user interface (GUI) like Windows, and a sensor capable of detecting the movement of the remote. A GUI would provide a more intuitive way of interacting with the device. Many televisions and blu-ray players are capable of connecting to the internet or a home network, and a GUI would allow the development of better features which utilise this connectivity.
Audio visual manufacturers have so far avoided this development in favour of utilising existing (however outdated) technology. Hopefully it won’t be too long before remote controls resemble a computer mouse rather than a keyboard.