Scientists at a Toshiba research laboratory in Cambridge have created the technology that allows viewers to operate their TV purely by gestures.
Catherine Breslin, 22 demonstrates the hand signal which allows you to pause TV
For example, raising a hand in a 'stop' sign will pause the action on TV. Flapping a hand up or down can raise or lower the volume.
And the technology could be customised to suit individuals.
Touching your right ear, for instance, would increase volume, while touching your left ear would lower it. The software could also recognise viewers as they walk into a room and switch automatically to their favourite channel - opening a whole new area for family disputes.
Catherine Breslin, 22 demonstrates the hand signal which allows you to move the on
But, of course, there are always potential hazards, such as the TV misinterpreting a stretch or a sneeze.
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