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Philips DUAL: A QWERTY TV Remote That Begs To Be Touched

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The internet's coming to TV's, haven't you heard, and searching for YouTubes with your standard TV remote just isn't gonna cut it. Philips Home Control's DUAL, however, will let you surf channels and search the web with one elegant device.

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Details on the DUAL remote are scarce—it seems like Philips Home Control just trotted it out at IBC 2010 in Amsterdam for show—but Phillips suggests that such a device would eventually offer multiple methods of input: mash on the channel up and down buttons, like normal; type on the QWERTY keyboard, wave it at your TV as a pointer, etc:

The appliance is equipped with alternate input methods like pointing, touchpad, or optical sensor, allowing user interfaces to implement free cursor, gesturing and moving highlight mechanisms thereby making browsing a better experience than the traditional 4 directional keys.

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Sounds great. In the meantime, I'd be happy if they could just put T9 word on my current remote. [Engadget]

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DISCUSSION

This would be a great use of the same type of orientation sensors we all have in our smartphones these days...

If keyboard is face down, those keys could be "off" so there's no accidental keypresses. That would be very cool... wonder if something like that IS built in?

But if we are going down that road, why stop:

If it's going to kinda-sorta serve "computer keyboard duty", then it could also kinda-sorta serve "mouse duty" too - a little trackball wouldn't be bad, but it could also have a wii-mote style pointer, using that same motion sensor, since we're theoretically integrating that in, right?