PrimeSense, the Isreali company responsible for the motion-sensing tech inside Microsoft's Kinect, has announced plans to bring gesture controls to future breeds of Smart TVs.
Speaking at GDC Europe, PrimeSense’s Amir Hoffnung mentioned that he hopes his company's OpenNI framework would be able to bring intuitive controls to next-generation televisions. "All these smart TVs will need a new remote control device, because all these smart TVs need richer and deeper levels of input,” says Hoffnung.
However, PrimeSense is not alone in their bid to replace traditional remotes with motion-sensing technology.
Microsoft's Kinect SDK was released in June, which also implies almost anyone is now able to exploit the Kinect’s 3D sensing technology for their homebrew projects. OpenNI's open-source status also suggests that CE giants such as Samsung or LG may be keen to tinker with it. While PrimeSense did collaborate with ASUS for the "Wavi Xtion" 3D depth camera, the device was ultimately primed for the PC, and not televisions.