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Samsung’s 2014 Smart TVs to Intro New Voice Controls, Gestures

by Todd Haselton | December 24, 2013December 24, 2013 7:00 pm PST

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Samsung on Tuesday started to tease its product announcements for the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, which kicks off in early January. We’re not sure what to expect on the mobile front yet, though now we know some new features that will land on the company’s Smart TVs.

In an official blog post, Samsung said that it’s making improvements to voice and gesture controls. While some Samsung Smart TVs already offer the ability to use gestures to swipe through menus, they aren’t always that accurate, so these should be welcome additions in new TV models. The company said that users will be able to change channels by simply speaking the channel number, or open a website using a quick voice command. Right now, users have to first say “Channel Change” or “Channel Number” before speaking the channel they want to visit. Without that first step, however, we wonder how often TVs will change channels whenever someone speaks a number. What if this happens:

“The Jets beat the Eagles!” “What was the score?” “21 to 7.” Would the TV then navigate to channel 21, and then to channel 7? We hope not.

Finger gestures are also being added. Samsung says you’ll be able to use your fingers to change the channel, adjust the volume or navigate through TV menus. You can also return to previous screens by moving your finger counterclockwise, Samsung said.

TechnoBuffalo will be on the showfloor at CES 2014, and we hope to bring you some demos and thoughts on how this tech actually works. Stay tuned.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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