If you are a regular viewer of Sky Player – the online TV service from Sky – on Microsoft XBox 360, you will soon be able to operate the service without a remote control using just gestures. ElectricPig reports that Microsoft’s upcoming camera-based motion controller technology could actually expand its functionality to be used as a gesture-based remote control system. That will mean users can make use of Sky Player’s integration with Microsoft Kinect to use gestures to play, rewind, fast-forward or pause television progams besides also using more gestures to change channels or pick on-demand content.
This is not completely surprising considering Microsoft’s Kinect patent that demonstrated the multiple use-cases of gesture controls. However, I wonder if it is actually making things more complex to the user. Regular remote controls solve the purpose way better than any Minority Report like gesture controls.