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Wiggle your finger to control TV with SinglecueGive any TV set hand-gesture controls with a Singlecue sensor, Logi Circle brings a new connected webcam into the mix, and Budweiser puts its own twist on a smart fridge with the Bud-E.
We can now control our televisions with a wiggle of a finger. I'm Bridget Carey. This is your CNET Update. [MUSIC] When it comes to smart home technology, you could say we're in an awkward adolescent phase right now. Companies are giving us new ways to control our home devices through apps. But they don't always work together nicely. Some respond to your voice commands, but who wants to yell at your tv to change the channel. And then there's hand gestures. The company eyeSight has developed technology to control your television With little wiggles of your index finger. I got to check out a demo of their product in action, it's called single queue and you mount it to the top or bottom of the TV, it's about the size of a Kinect. The camera inside detects when a finger in the room is raised, and that finger just has to sway left, right, up, and down to Scroll through a menu. To make a selection, you tap your finger to your thumb. If you're channel surfing you could do rapid-fire tapping to cycle through channels. It's very sensitive. On my first try, I was a little irritated trying to get it to select what I wanted and sometimes it wouldn't register my finger as being raised. Maybe it takes some time to perfect those Jedi channel surfing skills. You can also put your finger to your lips in a shushing motion to mute the TV. I was concerned about the privacy, but the creators say it's not identifying your face or sending your data off-site anywhere. Rather, the camera is just looking for the shape of a Finger. If you put your finger down and someone else on the couch lifts their finger, they take over control. It picks up anyone in the living room in a 67 degree arch. The single cue connects to multiple cable and [UNKNOWN] boxes, as well as media streamers like the Apple TV. It connects with Philips smart lightbulbs if you wanna set the mood lighting with your finger. It's $200 and on sale now, that's pretty pricy for something that can be temperamental at times. You can spend less on a Logitech Harmony Home Control all in one remote. But then again, finger waving is more impressive to guess. And speaking of Logitech, they just came out with another home gadget. Internet webcam called the Logi Circle. It's not quite a traditional security camera. For 200 hundred dollars You can get push alerts when motion is detected. But it also lets you check in on family members with a live streaming video feed. You can have a conversation with two-way talk and it sends you a 30 second video recap of your day. It competes with other webcams like The Nest Cam, but maybe the best invention to come to the smart home is This smart Budweiser beer cooler, dubbed the BUD-e. It tracks how much beer is inside and it shows a number on the front door of how many cold ones you have left. This link IQ smart fridge also knows how warm your beer is based on when you put it in! It gives you a cold countdown when beers are ready to drink. It also reminds you to pick up beer before game day, and you can set it to scroll a custom message on the front. But you may need to have a few beers to convince yourself it's worth $300. That's it for this Tech News Update. For more, head to www.cnet.com. From our studios in New York, Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]