Apple patents new touchscreen remote control for a future Apple TV

Summary:In addition to controlling home theater devices like DVD players and home automation systems, the remote concept could also work with your computer to run iTunes or execute other functions.

AppleInsider has revealed that Apple has patented a new universal remote that presumably could accompany the Apple television set rumored to be in development.

The company's remote concept is designed around the concept of a dynamic touchscreen that not only can automatically detect devices (without users needing to punch in special codes), but also present users specific controls for those devices automatically, reducing the number of buttons that typically litter universal remotes.

In addition to controlling home theater devices like DVD players and home automation systems, the remote concept could also work with your computer to run iTunes or execute other functions.

While the Apple TV set has been rumored to work with Siri-like voice controls, this patent app suggests an alternative input method. Unfortunately, there aren't details like the size and appearance of the device to give us an idea of what it would exactly look like. But it appears that part of Apple's plan to revolutionize the television involves reinventing its remote control as well.

Topics: Hardware, Apple, Legal

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