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LG pips Apple to voice controlled TV

Magic Remote can hear you
Wed Dec 21 2011, 10:44

SMILEY FACED FIRM LG has announced added voice recognition support for its Magic Remote TV control.

Notions have been thrown around about Apple building a Siri powered TV, but LG has got there first with its Magic Remote. The Korean firm's remote can now be used with voice input for text and commands.

LG Magic Remote

"LG has been striving to constantly improve the comfort and convenience with which our customers use the Cinema 3D Smart TVs," said Havis Kwon, president and CEO of LG Home Entertainment. "The new Magic Remote is our latest example, incorporating new functions that will make it easier for users to approach and use the Cinema 3D Smart TVs, particularly our Smart TV function which now has over 1,000 apps and a growing abundance of premium content."

The Magic Remote is already available with LG's TVs and works in a point and click way using a cursor like the Nintendo Wii controller. However, previously it has not had any voice recognition capabilities.

LG has also added a scroll wheel at the centre for quicker scrolling, Magic Gestures for certain commands and a 3D button to fire up 2D to 3D conversion on compatible models.

There's no word yet from the company as to when the updated Magic Remote will be available or how much it will set you back. We imagine that the product will be on display at the consumer electronics show (CES) next month. µ


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