I’ve been wondering, literally for decades, why, when we have this giant box in the living room (which we call a TV) and another box in our office (which we call a computer), we don’t just combine them to a certain extent. And lately, we’ve definitely been moving in that direction, with the capability to live-stream things like Netflix or iTunes content to your TV. Now don’t get me wrong; I don’t think you can turn your 48″ plasma TV into a giant computer monitor. Indeed, with the move towards Macbook Airs, smartphones, and tablet computers, I think that most folks don’t want a big computing hulk that just sits there. But when you’re sitting in your living room and think, “Huh, I wonder what Wikipedia says on that?” or “I need to check in IMDB about that actor,” you sometimes might think you need them to be a bit more integrated than they are now, yeah?
Hillcrest and SMK are working toward that direction, they have teamed up to create a new consumer remote control solution that enables in-air pointing and cursor control The Scoop pointer uses Hillcrest’s MotionEngine Lite software to transform data from an accelerometer and a gyroscope into intuitive in-air pointing control. Sound interesting? Wander by their web page and check it out there.