Meet the uWand team – Galileo Destura, founder and sales manager, APAC

With a name that made him destined to be an inventor, Galileo is one of the founders of uWand, having kick-started its development in 1999 as the result of an innovation programme at Philips that enables engineers to explore and experiment with new technologies. He is now our sales manager and evangelist for the Asia Pacific region.

During a brainstorming session as part of the Philips innovation programme, the question came up: “Would you be happy with your up, down, left, right remote control with hundreds of buttons. Or would you need something else that would be more dynamic in terms of interaction and simplifying the user interface?” As Galileo said, “It’s [more than] just changing the channel or changing the volume … and that’s why we [developed] the uWand technology”

Here he discusses how uWand was developed and why we desperately need a new remote control technology.

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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
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