LG Magic Remote: Pick Witch channel to watch

Just as he who controls the Spice controls the universe, he who controls the remote controls the living room. And if you’ve seen My Neighbours the Yamadas you’ll know the almost magical power the remote control can have in the living room. LG are aware of the levels of reverence necessary for the device and have announced an all-new Magic Remote for its CINEMA 3D Smart TV range.


“Magic” seems a bit farfetched for a plastic stick with a couple of buttons on it. Fortunately the remotes does much more than that and utilises voice, gesture, point and wheel control to exercise commands.

Apple raised the bar for voice technology, simply by claiming that Siri was magic and putting the (often disappointing) technology in the hands of millions of eager customers. Voice recognition is fast being integrated into all manner of devices and expectations go far beyond barking simple commands like “Shields Up!” or “Engage”. LG Magic Remote uses new Natural Language Recognition software makes giving voice commands as easy as regular speech – users can simply say “Show me Gangnam Style video” and the new Magic Remote will understand that you are about to show off your horse riding dance skills to your mates.

“LG is committed to providing innovative home entertainment solutions and the Magic Remote is a key pillar of the CINEMA 3D Smart TV user experience. Building on an already impressive feature set, the latest version boasts accurate language recognition and its gesture, wheel and point control options makes the Magic Remote stand out amongst its competition as a truly intuitive device.”
Havis Kwon, President and CEO of the LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company

Too many remotes clutter the desks and tables of people around the land so it’s a relief to know that devices ranging from Smart TVs, set-top boxes, sound bars and Blu-ray players can be effectively managed with just one Magic Remote in the living room.

With the point feature, the LG Magic Remote becomes an extension of the human body, making it an ideal motion-based video game controller. The wheel control is perfect for scrolling up and down web pages or zooming in and out when using applications such as Google Maps. And by making specific gestures with the remote, users can quickly access oft-used menus or perform frequently needed functions, which might be a little faster but is also a fun gimmick.