TVs have gone through a myriad of transformations over the decades. From share to picture quality to various next-gen features, so many innovative offerings make TVs look today like never before.
But at the same time, TV remotes continued to lag behind for a long time. They didn’t register any significant growth- until recently. The way we control our TV is changing gradually. To a great extent, the credit to this goes to the internet of things (IoT).
Let’s take a look at the ongoing trends that have drawn people’s attention recently.
1. Universal remotes
Universal remotes were possibly the first big leap in of TV remote evolution. By replacing separate remotes for a range of devices including TV, set-top box, home theatre, media players etc., they aim to make like of TV viewers easier. A few leading names for universal remote are Logitech, Philips and GE.
The biggest benefit of these remotes is that they can be integrated with multiple devices and control them all simultaneously. Besides, mild background light for night viewing makes them more elegant when compared to traditional remotes.
One major issue with universal remotes, however, is that they are expensive and a little too technical to operate.
2. TV remote apps
Another development in the field of TV remotes is remote apps. These apps leverage the most common device used by everyone everyday – mobile phone. They use IR or Wi-fi capabilities of the phone to enable it to work as an elegant TV remote. Just search the app store of your phone for these apps and you’ll come across numerous of them. Peel Universal Remote App, Anymote and SURE are there to name a few.
These apps not only have all the functionalities of a traditional plastic remote, but they also deliver a more sophisticated experience of watching TV. Peel remote app, for example, lets you customise controls as per your convenience. It also comes with an intelligent TV programme guide which cuts down futile time and optimise the TV watching experience. Remote apps make navigation and channel browsing easier. They allow you to search for your favourite shows by type and genre.
And quite importantly, if you’re using a remote app, you don’t have to change the battery of your remote frequently or look for it in every corner of the house.
From the increasing adoption of these apps, it looks like they’re here to stay and set new trends in TV remote control.
3. Voice recognition
If you’re using a smartphone today, you’re probably familiar with voice control already. Alexa, Siri, Cortana, Google Mini are some of the well-known voice assistants.
Today, voice control has found its way to the TV segment as well. There are many remote apps such as Peel smart TV remote today that offer this feature. So, if you have to adjust volume or change channels, instead of moving your finger, simply tell the app.
Peel remote control offers a unique value-addition in voice control. It understands the context behind the command. This means if you don’t know the name of a programme, you can even speak out the actors and it will come up with relevant results. Another advantage with Peel remote is that with this app, you don’t need an additional infrastructure or voice-recognition engine in your TV to give voice commands.
4. Gesture control
In the series of advancements in TV technology, gesture control appears to be a picking up pace. It’s not the first time motion control is being used. You have probably used it while playing with Wii consoles.
It uses a motion sensor camera and converts your gestures into various commands. However, it doesn’t specifically need the movement of body parts. You can any object to let the camera identify a motion. Its recognition ability depends on the distance of the “target” from a small circular widget on the screen.
Although the Matchpoint technology, as it is called, is still in the nascent stage, gesture control sure looks promising and is set to redefine your interaction with your TV.
From the ongoing developments, it appears that there will be a lot more features added to TV remotes in days to come. And remote apps will surely gain even more popularity.