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Want Better TVs? Start With the Remote Control

uwandIt’s about time a real remote control came with your “smart tv.” A team over at Philips Media Interaction, which operates within the Philips company, has solved your scrolling through Netflix blues.

It’s called uWand, gesture control technology that they hope manufacturers will catch on to and install in their products.

As opposed to a traditional up-down controller, the uWand uses a camera. So you point it at the television, and a mouse cursor pops up, and you move it where you want.

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Peel Continues Push to Be Leading Smart Remote Technology Company

peel1Peel yesterday released a major update to its ‘Smart Remote’ app for Android. Just last month, we wrote about how the new Samsung Galaxy S5 would be preloaded with a ‘Smart Remote’ app powered by Peel’s smartRemote technology.

The new updates to the app includes better TV content recommendations and social media features. Despite the new social enhancements, when we interviewed Thiru Arunachalam, CEO and co-founder of Peel, about the announcement that Peel would be preloaded on the Galaxy S5, Arunachalam made it clear that Peel does not see itself as a social TV company. Said Arunachalam at the time: “Twitter has won the battle and social TV companies are either dead or dying. We are a smart remote technology.”

On the content recommendation front, the ‘Smart Remote’ app will include categories such as ‘Tonight on TV,’ ‘Weekend TV’ and ‘Not to Be Missed,’ curating for users selections of must-watch shows and movies. The app also includes improved reminder features, making it easier for users to set up calendar notifications when a show of interest is set to air. Read more