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The universal use of a remote control from both content providers and device manufacturers still allows consumers the choice yet it creates a more streamlined user experience. So what will the remote controls of the future look like? We are already starting to see models making use of voice, motion and touch pads and these are beginning to affect the way in which viewers navigate through content and find new entertainment choices. Biometrics, for example, can help create a very effective and simple personalised entertainment user experience. Through the use of voice, an entertainment system can identify the user and suggest content for them based on elements such as gender and age. idx_114_half.pdf 1 07/06/2016 However, functionality aside, if we go back to basics, one of the most fundamental features of a remote control has to be that it actually works across the consumer’s range of viewing devices. Voice, motion and touch may be part of the next generation of models, however if they are not guaranteed to work or completely compatible, it makes the fancy functions somewhat redundant. Additionally, the remote control should be able to cover the vast majority of the TV replacement market. Content may be king, however control will remain at the top of the hierarchy for the near future, particularly in terms of the viewer experience. Whether the future is set top boxes or the most advanced smart TVs, consumers want the greatest choice of what and how they view, and have the ultimate control at their fingertips. 15:24 C M Y CM MY CY CMY K Which one fits you? Reliability and safety first For more details contact: IDX Technology 01753 547692 KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 115 JULY 2016 | 53