Dutzan imagines an Apple TV remote that features a touch surface. Moving your fingers on the surface would directly manipulation objects on the screen with a very responsive and smart scroll experience.
"Wouldn’t it be great if instead of trying to imitate clicks, Remote allowed you to scroll lists on the screen, directly responding to the position of your finger on the tracking surface? Wouldn’t selection in a complex button layout — such as the keyboard — be much more usable if you could make the cursor move in any direction instantly? Wouldn’t it be awesome if the Apple TV remote control was a smooth clickable trackpad, like the one on the MacBook, that allowed for these behaviors without having to look at a second screen?"
To demonstrate the concept in action, Dutzan posted the video below which shows how this method of interaction could work.
If you're a registered Apple developer you can try it out yourself. You'll need an iPhone to run the app and an Apple TV to AirPlay to. The code can be downloaded from the link below.
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