Patent Reveals Apple Plans on Touchscreen TV Remote

January 28, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Apparently, Apple has some plans for their Apple TV line up. A touchscreen TV remote perhaps, if you go by Apple’s unearthed patent filing from September 2011. Hold your breath, Apparatus and Method to Facilitate Universal Remote Control is what it technically is.

Apple argues that a traditional remote control can have a large number of buttons for various functions. Many of these buttons may be for functions that the user does not generally use.

According to Apple, the controls that are not normally used clutter the remote control and can cause confusion to the user when trying to locate a seldom-used feature.

The universal remotes don’t do much more than confusing the users further. Do you agree?

Apple’s plan is to come up with a touchscreen remote that will have a very simple user interface that can be programmed for what the end user needs to control. What is needed is an apparatus and a method to provide remote control over multiple appliances without the difficulties described above, according to Apple.

Well, that is sort of understood. If you go by the patent, it would seem that devices would send their interfaces to the Apple remote which would then make the various controls available for use.

Also, there have been reports that Apple plans to integrate Siri into the remote. Yeah, we are not sure if voice is a practical solution. Apple should go with the touchscreen idea.

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