Hillcrest Labs brings LG Magic Motion Remote to reality

At CES this past January, LG revealed their Magic Motion Remote. The remote allows you to change channels simply by flicking your wrist. Today, more has been revealed about this Wiimote-like TV remote. According to Engadget, "Hillcrest Labs, the company behind the Loop mouse/bracelet, is proudly proclaiming that its Freespace tech is what makes LG's remote so magical in the first place."

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This new LG remote control should prove to be a very interesting technology. However, we at Neowin suspect that it will probably make a lot of arms tired. It is probably a good thing that LG thought to include buttons on the remote as well. It was also revealed that Sony is planning to implement the technology in the future.

Rumors are surfacing that because we are only a few weeks from the launch of PlayStation Move's launch, this technology may be included in it as well. However, this move by Sony to license the technology may simply be their way of protecting their property from the legal proceedings that Hillcrest is in with Nintendo right now. Hillcrest has recently filed a patent dispute with Nintendo over their Wii Remote technology. This move by Sony could even be a result of the patent dispute over Sony’s DualShock 3 controller. Either way, Sony must have an important reason for investing in the licensing from Hillcrest.

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LG ... one of the world's worst electronics manufacturers, if not THE worst. If you're in an area where
they "make some of the best gear", all of the others manufacturers in your area must be abysmal!

Have a look at complaintsboard.com and enter LG in the search box, then tell me LG are so great.

Meph said,
This isn't as good as the magic wand on Dragons' Den.

+1
I watched that episode last night, that looked much slimmer and better, and looked to have had way more functionality

DJGM said,
LG = JUNK

Not in most countries around the world. They make some of the best gear where I live. I would rate Sony one of the crappiest brands where I live.

DJGM said,
LG = JUNK

LG E2350v is something I just got and I wouldn't call it junk. It is one of the best things I've ever bought from them.

So wait, say if I was on channel 25 and wanted to get to channel 203, do I have to:
A) Flick right 178 times
B) Bring up an onscreen keypad and try to aim at numbers
C) Hold the Up Channel button for 45 seconds.
D) Draw the numbers in the air (actually that would be kind of cool)
All in all, it seems unwieldy. Where can I learn more?

billyea said,
So wait, say if I was on channel 25 and wanted to get to channel 203, do I have to:
A) Flick right 178 times
B) Bring up an onscreen keypad and try to aim at numbers
C) Hold the Up Channel button for 45 seconds.
D) Draw the numbers in the air (actually that would be kind of cool)
All in all, it seems unwieldy. Where can I learn more?
Do you watch 203 channels?