The line between PC and TV has blurred but although it was advances in user interface (UI) design that made personal computing accessible, few in the television industry have focussed the same attention on the need for a more sophisticated and intuitive UI. The remote control is fundamental to the UI and yet most SmartTV consumers are still asked to navigate and interact with a range of services using the up / down / left / right functionality of traditional remotes. That needs to change.


Smart TV Frame 1 Personal computing was revolutionised by the introduction of the ‘mouse’ and its associated graphical UI. Recently another UI development, touch screen interfaces, has sparked another revolution. Apple’s iPhone and iPad, as well as similar devices from a host of manufacturers, owe their success more to a friendly UI than computing power or connectivity. The content available on those devices may be important to consumers but it’s the UI that makes the content accessible.
In the world of Smart TV a graphical UI is a given but we can’t expect button-based remotes to be the hardware interface to that UI, the level of interaction required is beyond the basic design capabilities. We also can’t expect to use PC hardware interfaces for Smart TV – the mouse, a relative pointing device, doesn’t work and consumers are not going to move from their seats to operate a touch screen or waves their arms or body until they’re tired. It’s time for a new approach. Smart TV Frame 2


uWand’s direct pointing technology is designed specifically for use with SmartTV. It delivers the same kind of interaction and intuitive operation of touch screen devices from the comfort of the sofa.

uWand, the future of remote control

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