Gesture control and new age remotes

: New TVs from Samsung will recognize an expanded range of gestures so people can swipe through on-screen menus in a way that revolutionises the old remote control.

Samsung touts the new user interface as faster and more intuitive than before.

Samsung said that the new interface will be a feature of upcoming smart TVs. The new lineup of smart TVs respond to more natural speech and motion, similar to the way the Kinect controller on an Xbox 360 allows users to swipe through menus by gesturing in the air. The camera is mounted on top of the screen and can be folded back for people concerned about privacy.

LG Electronics Inc. unveiled a new Magic Remote, which acts like a wand that is sensitive to motion and is used to navigate on-screen menus. LG said the new model responds better to natural speech and can be controlled with a single finger. It also lets you change the channels by writing numbers in the air.

Samsung’s new handheld remote control comes with a touch-sensitive clickable track pad, which is another way to navigate through viewing options.