As we finally adjust back to normal after four days of excitement and tech overload at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, now seems like the perfect time to reflect on how Smart TV technology has taken a firm hold on the industry.
Unlike recent years, LTE developments and handset announcements took a backseat at CES 2013, as the focus shifted towards TVs again. Ultra HD, 4K and new ways to connect the living room were all key themes. Several manufacturers also announced plans to improve the user experience by adopting gesture and touch UIs, confirming what we’ve been saying for years – a more intuitive control paradigm is required to navigate Smart TV.
It appears the industry is slowly beginning to address the issue of Smart TV engagement, encouraging viewers to use this platform for more than just watching broadcast TV. Yet there’s still a lot of work to be done. Just take a look at our Smart TV industry research, showing how even those at the forefront of developing and selling Smart TVs don’t make full use of this technology.
However, as the remote control was held up as the catalyst for change at this year’s CES, the uWand team were incredibly busy. Our direct pointing solution gathered a lot of interest and we received a steady stream of journalists to our stand, resulting in uWand technology featuring on Wired, TechCrunch and Engadget.
We were also able to discuss three exciting new partnerships that will bring uWand technology to consumers in the near future. We are now working with Broadcom (who blogged about us during the show), Intel and Marvell. Philips is also planning to release an over-the-top box that will boast uWand technology as the key selling feature.
If our attendance at CES has piqued your interest, you can visit the Philips uWand website to find out more. The full Smart TV industry research will be available shortly – be sure to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook, so we can share it with you.