A team of researchers at Arizona State University and Intel Labs are working on technology that could make it easier for parents to limit what their children watch on television.
Using an accelerometer, a component used in Apple’s iPhone and Nintendo’s Wii Remote, the technology could be applied to an ordinary TV remote control to measures how it is being held and deduce who in the family is using it.
One in five volunteers in testing of the “smart” remote also entered a personal identification number to access personalized content. Of course, beyond child-locking your television more efficiently, this opens up whole new opportunities for targeted advertising.
The device is due to be presented this week at the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence conference in Atlanta.
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