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Canesta brings gesture control to TVs, more

Just think, no more searching for batteries for the remote.

I was fortunate enough to be in the audience when Steve Jobs wowed the world with his demonstration of the iPhone a couple of years ago. As he was showing off multitouch technology, I remember turning to my friend and saying something along the lines of, "Gesture control like this is going to change everything." I remember it being a touchstone moment.

Monday's announcement of gesture control for the Xbox 360 marks another advance for the technology, but there are some ideas that could come to market quickly as well.

The below video shows Canesta's new 3D gesture control system, which it's hoping to sell soon with help from Hitachi and GestureTek. The idea is to build the sensors into media devices such as game consoles or Apple TV-like gear to give your remote control a rest.

It's a pretty cool idea, and according to the accompanying press release, it should be a low-cost product. We're not sure when--if ever--this will make its way into living rooms, but the know-how is there. If this Cinesta video and Microsoft's E3 announcements prove anything it's that the technology is ready, too.