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A TrackPad-Like Remote for the New Apple TV?

A TrackPad-Like Remote for the New Apple TV?

Posted August 29, 2010 at 1:15am by iClarified · 8866 views
Dan Wineman from Venomous Porridge suggests that Apple could potentially announce a new trackpad-like gesture based remote control for the rumored iTV.

It’s the love child of an iPod touch and a Magic Trackpad. It has the same inertial and gyroscopic motion sensors as the iPhone 4, and the same multitouch surface we’re familiar with. A home button. Bluetooth. No screen.

Wineman suggests that iPhones and iPods could also be used as remotes via an iTV app. That way you wouldn't need to buy a lot of controllers for visiting friends.

Some games will make use of those screens if they’re present: you could do the SCRABBLE Tile Rack thing, for example.

The remote controllers are theorized to cost less than $50 with one shipping along with the device to replace the standard remote.

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Aric - August 30, 2010 at 10:27am
Sounds like a good solution, but what about text input? Maybe the multi-touch surface will light up to reveal a keyboard. I do remember reading about an apple patent a while back where they proposed drilling hundreds of tiny holes in metal that would allow light to shine through and display controls.
Crunch - August 30, 2010 at 3:59pm
Maybe the Bluetooth wireless keyboard, which is awesome, by the way!
Crunch - August 29, 2010 at 1:19am
I believe it. This year will go down as the most innovation from Apple, ever. For that matter, from *any* company! What a ride!
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