Rumor: Apple to launch TV that responds to gesture commands

By Leeky · 13 replies
Nov 29, 2011
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  1. There is no denying that Apple has pretty much revolutionized the music and phone markets with its iPod and iPhone devices. Then came the iPad, which took the industry by…

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  2. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    Sounds like they stole the idea from all those hacked kinect youtube videos.
  3. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    Yup, as soon as I read ' infrared, motion and other sensors to read the user's movements' the Kinect was the first thing I thought of too.

    'Hacked' isn't exactly the right word to describe the Kinect though, as MS chose not to encrypt the data that comes out of the device so it could be used as widely as possible. They knew it was the first multi-sensor device anywhere near affordable in the marketplace.

    I wouldn't say I hacked my Television because I use it as a computer monitor. :)
  4. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 839   +29

    My first thought too. Sounds like they are working on an " iKinect " :p
  5. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    How are they allowed to patent the Kinect?
  6. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    The Kinect is just 3 cameras in a single device. it's an infrared sensor, a depth camera and a regular camera (I think, someone will probably correct this.)

    If Apple wanted to build their own TV with the same sensors that would be ok.

    We're making the comparison because the function is the same.
  7. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    After seeing those videos I was thinking they should hook it up to lights in your house. I would love to put up 3 fingers and have my lights go off. Maybe when the prices go down will have one in every room. Controlling our tvs, radio, etc. Also if 3d gaming is as good as I hope it is it would be pretty cool to box a hologram.
  8. Here we go, now apple will say that Microsoft stole there idea, patent the new ikinect and sue Microsoft for using there patent.
    There is no way I will buy a TV made by Sharp with an apple on it, will cost an arm and a leg and Apple will decide which channel you are allowed to watch.
  9. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    This is really going to be a game changer. If you ignore the existence of the Kinect and other pre-existing technologies.

    But this will be different because it will be from Apple...

  10. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    I'm as Apple skeptical as anyone, but I could see where this has the possibility of being an interesting product. If Apple can wave their "simplicity and elegance" magic wand effectively over the television experience, there could be some interesting results. Even if it is very elitist and massively outpriced compared to other TVs, there could be a significant impact on the industry - if it follows suit with the iPod, Mac, iPhone, iPad, etc. Their products may not end up in everyone's hands, but Apple does have a track record of changing the game when they step in with a new imagining of an existing product.
  11. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    Ya, I know.

    "Apple filed a new patent in October for "real time video process control using gestures, which describes using infrared, motion and other sensors to read the user's movements."

    That describes the kinect basically. And the kinect is used to interact with your tv, apps and video games. They shouldn't have given out that patent unless it was Microsoft filing it(or the company that Microsoft purchased in order to use the kinect).

    Edit:My bad, I didn't read it clearly, they only filed a patent...I don't think it;s been granted. It definitely should not be granted unless they get very specific in their description.
  12. Uvindu

    Uvindu TS Booster Posts: 120

    "Wave" - hehe I'm asuming thats: 'No pun intended' :)
  13. apple haters are looking more and more silly every day. To hate just to hate is just retarded. Nothing in the world is new since the invention of the wheel. Everything has been copied and improved upon.
  14. Gars

    Gars TS Booster Posts: 232

    ^ no smoke without fire
    and no hate here
    just some peeps that valuate things like price vs performance, gold vs copper, apples vs oranges, etc, etc
    what about the wheel vs hot water?

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