As I get older, I find myself shouting more and more at the TV, a bit like I remember my dad doing when I was a kid. Sure, we’re all tempted to yell when watching our favourite team play, or rather, lose on TV but I’ll commentate on the news, dramas, comedies, you name it. Fun for me, but drives my family mad, I’m sure.
Wouldn’t it be great if this need to continually converse with the TV could be put to good use? Perhaps Amulet’s new voice controlled remote for Windows Media Center could be the answer? It has a built in microphone which relays your commands over to the PC to control your entertainment. You can select the TV channels you want to watch (“Watch NBC”), or Music to play ("Play U2”), ask the remote what song is playing and get an audio response, and even set TV Programmes to record (“Record ABC Next Tuesday at 7 PM”) all through natural language.
According to the company, the remote can sense when you’re talking to it, rather than chatting with friends and family, but don’t worry, it won’t feel ignored. Pick the remote up, it listens, lower it, and it stops – simple.
Amulet Remote Voice Remote for Media Center works with Windows 7 and Windows Vista Media Center and is shipping now. For more, check out Ian Dixon’s unboxing and review over on You Tube.