Samsung to show off 'finger-controlled' TVs at CES
Customers could soon be able to change channel using their fingers alone
Samsung has announced that it will showcase its new smart televisions, featuring voice- and motion-control at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month.
Samsung already offers motion-controlled TV's but the company claims that its new ‘finger gesture’ feature is a significant improvement.
Users can change the TV channel, adjust the volume and find and select what they want to watch just by using their fingers. They can also go back to the previous screen and stop video playback by motioning their finger counter clockwise in a more intuitive way to control the TV.
Voice interaction has also been improved, enabling it to understands natural languages. Users can change the channel by saying the channel number, and open a website or app using shortcuts.
Samsung claims this is a significant improvement over its 2013 models, which required two steps to change TV channels. The voice search feature is also more convenient, letting users find all content results in one place.
When a consumer uses voice interaction to search for information such as weather, stocks and sports, while watching TV, a pop-up window appears on the bottom of the page with search results. Consumers can move to the app and see the details by clicking the pop-up.
“Samsung’s 2014 Smart TV models deliver significantly improved voice interaction and motion control features so that our consumers will be able to enjoy our Smart TV more intuitively," said Guy Kinnell, Head of TV and AV, Samsung UK. "We will continue to develop content that integrates voice and motion recognition for added convenience.”
According to research by Strategy Analytics in July, Samsung continues to hold the largest share of global Smart TV shipments, occupying 26 per cent of the market. LG follows Samsung with 16 per cent, and Sony makes up the top three with 11 per cent.