Washington, D.C. (May 16, 2013)
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Q. A neighbor
friend of mine says he got a Samsung TV which he can control by just moving his
hand. Is that possible or is he giving me the business? -- Walter, Culver City,
it's not only possible, but it's true. Certain Samsung TVs come with a Motion
Control feature that enables you to change channels, turn up the volume and
perform other tasks by
simply moving your hand.
Here's how it works:
The set has a built-in video camera on top which can detect that you want to use
Motion Control when you move your open palm from left to right; you might have
to move the palm a few times but the set will eventually pick up your signal.
Then, an arrow cursor will appear on screen, the signal that you are ready to
use Motion Control. However, be sure to keep your palm in sight of the camera.
If you drop it, Motion Control will stop. Also, if someone in the room
uses the remote control, Motion Control will stop for that, too.
But if you get beyond those little obstacles, Motion Control will allow you to
change the volume or the channel, and scroll pages on the Smart TV page, by
opening and closing your hand, moving your hand from north to south or a
counter-clockwise direction. (Each motion performs a different task, such as
moving your hand in the counter-clockwise direction can open up a web page;
north to south can scroll pages; opening and closing the hand can control the
volume or change channels.)
At this point, you might ask: Why would you want to do this? Isn't the remote
control good enough?
Good question, but different strokes for different folks. Some people hate using
remote controls so Motion Control could be, dare we say it, a 'handy'
To learn more about a
Samsung set that has Motion Control, click:Motion Control