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LG’s Magic Remote enables voice control for its smart TVs

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LG was quick to introduce Wii-style motion controls and pointing to its smart TV controllers, but its new Magic Remote also adds voice recognition, allowing you to enter search terms without ever contemplating the alphabet. In a radical move, it also conjures up a scroll wheel — perhaps for no reason other than to spite Samsung’s now dowdy-looking QWERTY rival. The fact that it can control your LG Cinema 3D TV without forcing you to star-jump is a happy bonus. There’s a full PR after the break, although no sign yet of availability or pricing.

Microsoft messes with ‘natural’ user interface, featuring eye tracking, voice control and wild body gestures

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While today’s Windows might not look completely out of place next to a Windows of yore, Microsoft Research certainly has some wild ideas for how to progress computer interaction. In a talk during Microsoft’s college tour, Craig Mundle has been touting his research wares, including some pretty reasonable advances like auto completion of common concepts; automatic, intelligent sorting of large amounts of data; and a movable, modular work surface. One of the odder demos involves moving the LCD so it’s flat on the desk and then using huge arm movements to manipulate a 3D model projected onto a piece of glass, and the demonstration of eye-tracking is intriguing while not altogether convincing. Of course, we’ve got a while before we’ll see any of this stuff in real products, but perhaps we won’t have to wait so long as ten years for that “2019″ vision of the future to come to pass. Hit up the read link for the videos.

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