Pointing devices for SmartTV

SmartTVs now require a multi-faceted user interface (UI), akin to PCs and tablets. These are largely driven by pointing-based interfaces, so it is no surprise that similar interfaces are now being adopted by designers and manufacturers of SmartTVs and set-top boxes.


Unfortunately, the established PC and tablet interfaces (mouse, touchpad and touch screen) don’t work well in a living room environment when the user is sitting a meter or more from the screen.


SmartTV remote control devices require a different approach – pointing, one of the first gestures we learn to make. There is a choice between relative and direct pointing:


  • Relative remote control devices such as those using gyroscopic or touch pad technology rely on the user interpreting the position of the remote (or a finger on the remote) relative to the cursor’s position on screen.
  • In contrast, uWand’s camera-based direct pointing technology means the cursor appears exactly where the remote is pointed - a highly intuitive experience.


The animation below provides a simple demonstration of gyro and uWand based remotes in action and illustrates the disconnected user experience of relative pointing remotes. To see how that works in action try our SmartTV game simulation.



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