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Microsoft Developing Voice-Activated Remote Control: Humanity Is Doomed

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 27th 2010 3:00PM
Microsoft logoFurther proof that the end is nearer than we think: Microsoft announced Tuesday that it is developing voice- and gesture-activated controls for televisions.

Yes -- in the very near future, not only will we be able to stay put on the couch when switching the TV from 'Teen Mom' to 'American Idol,' we won't even have to lift a burdensome remote control and point at our cable boxes to do so. Instead, all we'll have to do is grunt a command or swing a hand at the screen.

James Baldwin, Microsoft's chief technology officer for television, said the company's Kinect technology, which allows users to interact with their video game consoles without controllers, could be adapted for hands-free remote control use, Variety reports.

"It won't be long before you won't need the remote control to communicate with your TV," Baldwin said. "You'll be able to wave your hand around to rewind or fast forward. The computer looks at you as a human being, instead of you having to figure out how to use a device." According to Baldwin, the new technology could completely replace remote controls within five years.

Sure, advancing technology is great and all, but do you know what this actually means? 'Wall-E' is totally happening, you guys. Soon we'll all just be amorphous blobs floating on hover chairs on our space ships, drinking Cupcakes in a Cup and wearing color-changing jumpsuits.

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It's a ridiculous idea, i don't want spend the day talking to the tv, it'll be annoying to people around you and could be embarrassing if you want to watch a specific channel, and actually it doesn't make it easier at all, sometimes i keep switching channels like crazy and i am sure as hell i don't want to spend all that time shouting at the tv, long live the remote !

October 27 2010 at 8:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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