Forget standard remotes and even compatible smartphone and tablet apps, your TV will soon be controlled by your smartwatch, LG has suggested.
With some early smartwatches – such as the Samsung Gear 2 – already offering infrared remote options, LG has suggested this wrist-based TV controlling could expand and become the widely adopted future.
“[wearables] is an interesting area to us, and how that (your smartwatch) will connect to that (your TV),” Henry Levak, LG’s Product Lead for the webOS Connect SDK said speaking with TrustedReviews.
Discussing the future of television control out at the company’s Silicon Valley Lab, Levak stated: “You will probably start seeing more stuff on that from us and others by the end of the year. For us that is a natural move.”
He added: “Why would you not just be able to slide your finger [over your smartwatch] to turn down the volume?
“There is something really interesting about this, and for us it is all about device connectivity and making it all work harmoniously together.”
Although remaining coy on any confirmed plans or upcoming products, The LG Product Lead offered insight into potential user cases of a TV controlling smartwatch.
He told us: “To me being able to do this – (slides finger across his smartwatch’s screen) – and being able to turn down the volume makes sense and other quick actions.
“This is an interesting space, the internet of things.”
As well as smartphone control options, Levak hinted LG is working on a range of further projects for TV control and second screen experiences.
“We are looking at a lot of different things. You will see a lot of interesting ideals coming out of the Silicon Valley Lab,” he said.
Although not mentioning the device by name, it seems likely that LG’s TV controlling wearables plans could be expanded to include the LG G Watch, a device set to hit retailers later this quarter.
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