Lean back control for Smart TVs at CableLabs 2012

Twice a year, CableLabs hosts a members-only conference to provide executives in the cable industry with current information about changing technology and supporting business and strategy objectives. On Monday 12th March we will be speaking at the CableLabs Innovation Showcase Winter Conference in Philadelphia, USA. It’s an honor to have been invited as one of the 10 hottest new innovations. We’ll be discussing the need for a modernized interaction device for smart TVs and giving a demonstration of our technology in action.

At Philips we understand that smart TVs offer interactive content that is hard to navigate with a traditional remote. The Internet, VoD libraries, games, music libraries mean a new, advanced method of interaction is necessary, one that maintains the intuitive and lean-back experience users want with the TV.

For MSOs and device manufacturers the challenge is to provide consumers with a way of interacting that doesn’t take ages to learn, is accurate and improves the experience. Our uWand technology provides a touch screen experience for smart TVs through the remote control. It increases user satisfaction for smart TV services and we have demonstrated that by incorporating uWand into remotes, MSOs and manufacturers can increase ARPU by up to 27% and increase the subscriber retention by increasing the user satisfaction.

You can follow all the action from the show on Twitter so keep an eye on #CableLabs at @uWandControl over the coming days.

We’re also heading to IPTV World Forum in London and China Content Broadcast Network Exhibition later in the month so we’ll keep you posted on those.


About Navin Natoewal, General Manager Philips uWand

Navin Natoewal is General Manager of the Philips uWand team. uWand is a direct pointing and gesture control technology for remote controls. uWand offers fluent 3D gesture control and direct pointing capabilities with the same intuitiveness as a multi-touch screen. uWand, a result of 80 man-years of research and development, can be implemented in remote controls and interact with multiple electronic devices such as PCs, TVs, set-top boxes, DVD players and game consoles. Users control the devices simply by pointing in the appropriate direction or making specific movements in all three dimensions. For more information please visit http://www.uwand.com
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