As TV's have packed on more and features, including multiple inputs and Internet connectivity, the complexity of the remote has grown to match. Now you're lucky to get a remote shorter than your forearm. This new remote from Samsung, however, will replace the bevy of buttons for a touchpad and Siri-like voice control.
The new remote will feature less than a dozen physical keys. The remaining functions — screen settings, Internet searches, etc — will be handled by the touchscreen located at the top of the device. Users will also be able to change the volume and channel by simply speaking into the remote's embedded mic. This should prove a boon for setting up and logging into streaming accounts — you'll be able to just state your user name and login rather than having to cycle through character rolls. What's more, the remote utilizes Bluetooth and infrared simultaneously to improve its communication with the set and reduce lag.
The remote will reportedly be released later this year with an as-of-yet smart TV but will also be compatible with a range of set-top boxes and media players. [Tech-On]