Rumor: Kinect-based TVs in the works

Could the next television you buy let you use your hand gestures as a replacement for your remote control? That's the new rumor over at The Daily web site. The story quotes unnamed sources as saying that Microsoft is in early talks with a number of television makers about licensing their Kinect motion gesture sensor technology for use as a part of future TVs.

The story also claims that two of the TV manufacturers that Microsoft is chatting with about future Kinect support are Vizio and, oddly enough, Sony. Microsoft and Sony are, of course, fierce rivals in the game console space. Microsoft first launched the Kinect motion gesture device as an add-on for its Xbox 360 console a year ago. The idea of having a Sony TV with a technology developed for a rival game console certainly boggles the mind.

Having a TV with Kinect support would certainly have lots of applications. It's possible that the normal remote control could be done away with entirely with people turning a TV on and off with either gestures or voice commands and moving through the TV's user interface with just hand gestures, much like how the upcoming next Xbox Dashboard update will add such support for the Xbox 360 console.

If such talks are indeed taking place, Microsoft is poised to compete with Google TV, which so far has failed to generate much interest from consumers. And then there's those rumors that Apple has got a television product of their own in the works.

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I forget if it was sony or apple but one of them put submitted a patent a while back to have small cameras installed in each of the four corner of the television.

The idea of having a Sony TV with a technology developed for a rival game console certainly boggles the mind.

Sony also puts windows on its Vaio laptops.
They compete in a small fraction of the industries both giants are involved in.

Hey.. so does this signal the end to universal remote controls?
With just a few hand gestures we can change channels and adjust the volume?

I have an app I built for using a computer on my tvs and a mouse for the remote. (I have converted all my dvds, movies, etc to mpeg files) When the Kinect SDK came out earlier I hooked it into my app. The voice recognition worked very well. I started getting the gestures working, but other life issues caused me to put that part of the project on hold.

Anyway, my long winded point is that I strongly believe that voice and gesture will make a great interface for media consumption.

btw: The app is free at: http://www.blissgig.com/display.aspx?id=13
(To clarify, this version does not have Kinect support. The SDK is in beta and when it is officially released I will release a new version of the app)
Peace,
James

James Rose said,
I have an app I built for using a computer on my tvs and a mouse for the remote. (I have converted all my dvds, movies, etc to mpeg files) When the Kinect SDK came out earlier I hooked it into my app. The voice recognition worked very well. I started getting the gestures working, but other life issues caused me to put that part of the project on hold.

Anyway, my long winded point is that I strongly believe that voice and gesture will make a great interface for media consumption.

btw: The app is free at: http://www.blissgig.com/display.aspx?id=13
(To clarify, this version does not have Kinect support. The SDK is in beta and when it is officially released I will release a new version of the app)
Peace,
James

you can be part of Microsoft Employee

nitins60 said,

you can be part of Microsoft Employee

I'm sorry, but I do not understand what you are saying? If you mean I might actually be a MS employee, then no. I did used to do beta for the OS (NT and 95/98) but that was a long time ago)

I think Microsoft is far more poised to compete with Google TV with the Xbox 360 and it's range of upcoming video services than putting Kinect based controls in a TV.

Though it would be nice I suppose to have some decent voice control on TV's.