LG listens to your voice with a new TV remote

TVs are changing in all sorts of ways. They can access the web, look for how many people are in the room and change viewing angles, and even throw images out of the screen with 3D trickery. But the remote never really evolves, though LG is looking to do something about this.

Ahead of new products expected to be launched at the Consumer Electronics Show at the beginning of 2013, LG is showing off its new redesigned remote, which now works with voice controls better than the previous generation.

“LG is committed to providing innovative home entertainment solutions and the Magic Remote is a key pillar of the Cinema 3D Smart TV user experience,” said Phillip Anderson, LG Australia’s Head of Public Relations.

The remote is generally the heart of a home theatre system, and the new LG remote can be used with the brand’s range of smart TVs, as well as sound bars, Blu-ray players, and more, and then use it with some of the net-connected TV functionality such as Google Maps or motion controls.

Advanced voice recognition is the new big deal for this gadget, with new and upcoming LG TVs able to pick up on commands as if spoken in a conversational way, not just in the simple harsh direct word-for-word instruction manual way of speaking.

“Building on an already impressive feature set, the latest version boasts accurate language recognition and its gesture,” said Mr. Anderson. “Wheel and point control options make the Magic Remote stand out amongst its competition as a truly intuitive device.”

Two models of the remote are available, with one accompanying the standard TVs, and a premium model coming with, unsurprisingly, the premium remote, which features backlit buttons and a smaller design.

Availability on the remotes should be immediately, especially with how the news has come out several days before Christmas, but we’re definitely expecting to hear more about the new remote in a few weeks when LG and the rest of the technology world announces its new wares at CES 2013.