Ask us what we think about voice control of A/V gear, and you're likely to get a laugh
. Gesture-based control, however, is a different kettle of fish. Despite the knocks
we give it, simply waving your hands through the air does make you feel more powerful than pressing a designated button. Universal Electronics
(UEI) is on the same page, and has licensed motion-control technology from Hillcrest Labs to deliver more of that omnipotent feeling in its remote controls. Hillcrest's Freespace tech has already found its way into the Logitech MX Air
, but we'll have to wait and see what kind of usage UEI will incorporate into its products. Creating a successful "10-foot" experience isn't going to be solved by hardware manufacturers alone, though -- optimizing the graphical side of the design is necessary as well.