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Philips 'Wand' Concept for Remote Control


Philips Design is showing how simplicity could translate into groundbreaking products during the coming three to five years across the company�s entire healthcare, lifestyle and technology portfolio.

'Wand' is the central control and access device for all home content, from music to films and from TV channels to family photographs. It also acts as a control device for an entire room, from sound to lighting. Wand is an intuitive system that allows a user to point at any device and to scroll, select, play and move elements just by moving the Wand. When it is pointed, the Wand recognizes the device at which it is aimed and, through the 'active skin' portion of its rod design, provides the relevant control options for that device.

For example, by pointing Wand at the Vision TV, the user can 'grab', 'move' and 'reorganize' content on the screen. Using the same intuitive gestures, it will also control the volume of the Wave sound system or the lighting, adjusting brightness, color and the saturation of light to match the required mood. Pointing the Wand at a digital camera enables the user to automatically transfer pictures onto the Vision TV.

Wand is used, as its name would suggest, through simple gestures up and down or side to side. The speed of the motion also determines the speed of reaction of the content it is controlling. For example, to scroll faster through content, the user just increases the speed of movement, like choosing to turn the pages of a magazine slowly to read the contents or flicking through it to glance at the pages.

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