Demonstrated at IBC recently was Philips’ wonderfully named uWand. Unfortunately nothing to do with Harry Potter, it apparently enables you to sit on a sofa and interact with screen menus and objects as if you are actually touching them.
The uWand 3D pointer features a small infrared camera embedded in the handheld device which gives uWand ‘remote touch’ capabilities so you can navigate on-screen applications by pointing, clicking and using fluid 3D gestures.
At IBC Philips demonstrated the uWand along with CyberLink’s PowerCinema 7 software for ‘nettop’ PCs. Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink commented: “We designed PowerCinema 7 as the hub for digital home entertainment. uWand’s multi-touch features give us highly intuitive, ‘lean-back’ control of the application with the ability to accurately manipulate objects on screen.
“Working with uWand to optimize our software for its remote touch technology has given us something that just isn’t possible with traditional remotes and enables us to offer the features that consumers demand from home entertainment systems.”