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EyeSight Technologies, a startup which specializes in machine vision, user awareness and gesture based interfaces, launched a very interesting home accessory yesterday, one that highlights a world of possibilities for a next-generation Apple TV.

They’re calling it the OneCue and it aims to connect and control your Apple TV, or other media streamers and smart home devices for that matter, using hand gestures akin to Microsoft’s Kinect with the Xbox One.

Supporting a plethora of TV sets, cable and satellite boxes, media streamers and AV receiver, the OneCue can turn on multiple smart home devices (i.e. TV, cable box and stere receiver) at the same time with the swipe of a hand or point of a finger.

The gesture control device ties your whole room together without a single cable. The OneCue has a three-inch LCD display, a camera that records your movement, a speedy processor and built-in WiFi (802.11b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.0 low-energy networking.

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The jet black gizmo takes full advantage of touch-free interaction to effectively replace the remotes and apps that came with your TV, cable box, DVD player, AV receiver and a gamut of other smart home devices.

Wave to wake up multiple home devices chained together. Slide your fingers left or right to cause the Onecue’s menus icons to sweep by, it’s that easy. To initiate a tap or a mouse clock, close and open your fingers twice.

And to mute all your home devices in one fell swoop, just bring your index finger to your lips to invoke a cool shushing gesture. The video below shows off the OneCue in action.

Like a universal remote control, the OneCue can be “taught” to control other devices such as IR-controlled blinds, power switches and even power outlets. And because it has built-in Wi-Fi networking, the OneCue can even control smart home accessories like the Nest learning thermostat and the Phillips Hue light bulbs.

There’s also built-in InfraRed learner and transmitter, an internal speaker and a Micro-USB port on the back. And with its small footprint measuring 9.24 inches wide, 1.93 inch tall and 1.12 inches deep, this ambitious gadget disappears under your big screen TV quite easily.

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Indeed, why would anyone juggle remotes as opposed to taking advantage of a central control with a single interface that the OneCue provides?

Eagle-eyed readers could point out that Apple last year snapped up PrimeSense, the company behind Microsoft’s Kinect technology, perhaps indicating its intent to add motion gestures to a future Apple TV iteration.

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You can pre-order yours at theonecue.com. The OneCue will be priced at a rather steep $199 when it arrives in early 2015. If you pre-order early, you’ll get it for a lower $129 price. The home accessory will ship with a 5V power supply and an adjustable mount allowing you to clip it on the top edge of a TV set.

From my vantage point, devices like the OneCue chart a path to a brighter future for Apple’s $99 media-streaming box. In fact, should the next Apple TV hardware refresh introduce a set of similar features for controlling a wide range of home appliances by making hand gestures, that alone is going to file as a worthwhile upgrade.

[EyeSight Technologies PR]

  • CS

    If it actually works 90% of the time, I would be more than happy to buy it. My ATV has been in the corner collecting dust for probably 2 years now… Mainly because I can’t find the stupid remote …and I know there’s a Remote app, but it only works if you have the atv remote to actually turn it on :p

    • jaws

      The Remote app does turn on the device.

      • Tommy Gumbs

        Yes it turns it on and ass more functionality to the box, like being apple to use the iOS device keyboard when needing to type for a search.

      • JayDee917

        It does, unless your Apple TV isn’t connected to wifi. Then you’re screwed.

      • Mike Colacone Saal

        Connect it via Ethernet then use it to pan the the settings and each it a new remote. I use my tv remote to control it

  • John

    my iPhone 6 jailbroken iOS 8.1 was dead on battery so i put it on charging and after 10 minutes it was still on the apple logo and really hot so i did hard reset reboot but it turns on the apple logo bright then goes dim and stays there and won’t let me in safe mode by the volume up button. Please help

    • john diaz

      Restore

  • lemonhead

    I can’t pinpoint the feeling but watching this guy makes me feel so damn uncomfortable !