Piquing our Geek: Ditch the TV remote with nTobeBox gesture control

Ditch the remote with nTobeBoxIf any of you have Kinect for Xbox, you are no stranger to how cool it is to be able to make things happen on screen using just your hands. The first time I used it, I felt like I was in some sci-fi movie of the future (in a good way). While it is a very cool feature in the gaming world, imagine being able change a channel simply by moving your hand. 

The nTobeBox by Innodigital and eyeSight Technologies
is a set-top box of the future that will convert any TV into a SmartTV.
Similar to current generation smart TVs, the nTobeBox will access the
internet, stream videos, but the kicker is its hand gesture recognition
It will probably be similar to the Kinect
where you use the sensor to register users; otherwise, you’ll have a lot
of people on the couch furiously waving their hands to try and change
the channel simultaneously. But the concept is cool enough to
sufficiently pique our geek. And it makes a great case for those days when
you’re just too lazy to even search for the remote in the couch cushions, and end up watching the
infomercial for the Magic Bullet.

Bonus for parents: You never have to worry about your baby sticking the remote control in his mouth.

Looks like must-see TV may soon turn into remote-free TV. -Jeana 

Jeana Lee Tahnk is a prolific tech writer, crafty mom, and passionate fan of any products that make it easier to raise three children. She's been immersed in the high-tech world for about 15 years, or since Mark Zuckerberg was in the 7th grade.

1 Comment

  • Reply October 2, 2012


    Er, not to be a wet blanket but didn’t Douglas Adams write about something like this? It didn’t end well :)

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