Samsung will introduce a new level of gestural control refinement to its 2014 range of smart TVs.
While this year’s Samsung TVs saw the introduction of Kinect-like motion control, next year will see considerable refinement to the process.
“Samsung’s 2014 Smart TV models deliver significantly improved voice interaction and motion control features so that our consumers will be able to enjoy our Smart TV more intuitively,” revealed Samsung’s Kyungshik Lee over on the company’s official Samsung Tomorrow blog.
The most notable improvement here will be the addition of a “finger gesture.” You’ll be able to change channel, adjust the volume, and browse content simply by pointing at the screen.
One example given for this finger gesture control is the ability to back up to the previous screen by rotating your finger anticlockwise. Samsung believes that this will be a more intuitive way to control your TV in 2014.
In addition to improved gesture control, Samsung will be enhancing its voice commands for 2014. Changing channels with vocal commands will now take only a single step.
At the moment it’s a two-stage process: “Channel change” followed by the channel number. With next year’s Samsung smart TVs, you’ll just have to say the channel number.
Also, when using voice interaction to search for information while watching TV, a pop-up window will appear at the bottom of the screen containing the relevant results.
So, it seems we’ll still be barking and waving at our screens in 2014 – just less emphatically.
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