From remote control to dialogue systems
via lau, :
Philips wants to ditch the remote control. Instead, you have to talk to a dialogue system, or Smart Companion, as the Dutch consumer electronics giant calls its newest invention. The Smart Companion will act as a friend in the home and, according to Philips, provide an easy-to-use interface to the digital world. (...) Dimi, looks like a modern lamp with a rotating head. The other iCat has all the characteristics of a Japanese robot toy, and comes equipped with 13 servos that control different parts of the face, such as the eyebrows, eyes, eyelids, mouth and head position. iCat can look happy, surprised, angry and sad.
Why do I blog this? even though remote control interfaces today are horrible, I am still dubious by such new kind of controllers. I am curious to see how this will be appropriated by the users.