Samsung's Kinect-Like TV Game Controller Fail [Video]
On Wednesday (July 18) Samsung treated a bunch of tech journalists to its latest TV tech, including a massive 75-inch LCD with sophisticated LED backlight technology to maximize contrast.
The company uses the word "Smart" liberally to refer to its tricked out TVs, and it highligted "smart interaction" with the ability to use the built-in webcams on many of it's TVs to control the set with gestures, a la Microsoft Xbox Kinect .
The feature debuted with the ubiquitous video game "Angry Birds" and what Samsung says is the first opportunity to play the title with motion-sensing technology.
A Samsung spokesperson called the game a "proof of concept" to show what app developers will be able to do with games and other programs in the future. And the proof was actually a bit shaky in those first demos.
We nearly got a cramp in our arms trying to position it just right before the webcam, while standing behind a piece of tape marking the optimal postion. Even the woman demonstrating the game had a hard time making it work. Though we did finally nail one of those pigs.
We'll have to see if Samsung — and the people who develop apps for their TVs — is able to make better use of the motion-sensing technology in the future.