Orange deploys set-tops that accept gesture controls

France Telecom will soon deploy set-tops on its Orange cable systems that allow subscribers to use gesture controls to navigate programming.

Movea France Telecom Orange set top box

Source: France Telecom / Orange and Movea

The company said it is using a SmartMotion Server from technology provider Movea. Beginning in February, Orange will offer the gesture controls with its new Livebox Play TV set-top, which comes with a remote control that contains motion sensors.

Movea said its platform allows subscribers to use 10 gestures to control their set-tops. Viewers can adjust the volume by twisting their wrists, and they can also navigate interactive TV applications with gesture controls. Movea is competing with technology providers such as Hillcrest Labs, which has developed motion-sensing technology used in remote controls and Nintendo's Wii gaming system.

Integrating gesture controls could help cable operators such as Orange make it easier to let subscribers navigate interactive applications and Internet video services.

"With the rapid evolution of smart TVs and smart home systems, we see the demand for more intelligent home entertainment devices and natural user interfaces," Jean-Bernard Willem, head of content marketing for Orange France, said in a prepared statement.

Movea is also pitching its technology to U.S. cable operators and set-top vendors.

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