Samsung revealed today that it will introduce enhanced voice control features with its 2014 lineup of Smart TVs. Already available in 11 countries, the manufacturer plans to bring its “voice interaction service” to 12 more countries next year.
From the release:
“Samsung’s 2014 Smart TV models deliver significantly improved voice interaction and motion control features so that our consumers will be able to enjoy our Smart TV more intuitively,” said Kyungshik Lee, Senior Vice President of the Service Strategy Team of Visual Display Business, Samsung Electronics. “We will continue to develop content that integrates voice and motion recognition for added convenience.”
So what can you do with voice control? Well, you can open apps or websites, and you can change the channel by saying the channel number; this year’s models required you to say “Channel Change” before the channel number. There’s a voice search feature, as well as pop-up window shortcuts for weather, stocks and sports.
Not to be forgotten is that there’s improved gesture (a.k.a., motion) control too. Particularly, Samsung has added a “finger gesture” feature that enables you to change channels, adjust volume, go back to a previous screen, stop video or find a program just by using your fingers.
Samsung will be showing the new features at CES in Booth 12004 in the Central Hall.