LG Out Does Apple Siri TV Voice Activated Remote

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LG Electronics has gate crashed Apple’s TV party trick by announcing a voice activated remote control for their new range of Smart TVs. The new technology will be shown at the CES Show in Las Vegas next month.The new voice-operated remote control will be compatiable with the LG Cinema 3D line of smart TV sets with users able to purchase the new remote as an accessory.

The ‘Magic Remote’ has a scroll wheel and Nintendo Wii-style motion controllers in addition to regular TV remote features. It also has a button that converts 2D to 3D.

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The features, dubbed ‘Magic Gestures’ is set to be available months ahead of the much touted Apple ‘Siri TV’.

LG Home Entertainment president Havis Kwon said of the new version of the controller: “LG has been striving to constantly improve the comfort and convenience with which our customers use the Cinema 3D Smart TVs. The new Magic Remote is our latest example, incorporating new functions that will make it easier for users to approach and use the Cinema 3D Smart TVs, particularly our Smart TV function which now has over 1,000 apps and a growing abundance of premium content.”

It is a new type of market which all entertainment-related services (such as the Xbox 360’s ‘Kinect’) seem to want a piece of, with integration for internet-connected TV sets a key motivation for producing the technology, as developers search for new ways to make accessing a range of connected content quicker and easier. With LG looking like they have won this particular battle in getting the product finished first, how long will it be before it is a new standard method of control, and who will be the first of LG’s competitors to make a challenge?

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