From David Del Valle in Madrid
Changing channel through gestures and without a remote control will be possible very soon on the Telefonica-controlled IPTV platform, Imagenio, with more than 500,000 subscribers. Telefonica and the technology specialist Gesture Tek are joinly developing a system that can recognise user hand signs via the set-top-box (STB). The system includes a small video camera in the STB that can read the user’s gestures to change channel and other commands without using a remote control set. The system will also be able to recognise if there is a minor using the system and apply a parental lock accordingly.
The GestureTek’s technoloy is already being used to power the EyeToy USB camera accessory for Sony's PlayStation 3.