One For All has announced its new SmartControl Motion remote - which can activate a range of most-popular commands with a single gesture.
The pre-loaded gesture controls include a flick to the right to skip the commercials when watching programmes recorded using Freeview+ or Sky+; and you can move to the left and back towards your device to channel down in TV mode, skip your DVD backwards or rewind your set top box (do it three more times to quadruple the rewind speed).
Quickly moving the SmartControl Motion up then down will play, and down then up for pause - so, for example, you can pause your DVD instantly when the onslaught of the previous night's curry kicks in without looking for the pause button. For mute, you just double tap on the side of the remote.
The SmartControl Motion will work with a wide variety of digital equipment. It will control up to six different devices including HDTV, DVB-T (eg. Freeview), IPTV, Blu-ray, iPod docks, Home Cinema, PS2, Xbox 360 and more, across all brands. It has dedicated keys for media devices such as Blu-ray players, iPod docks and media playback from video game consoles such as PS2 and Xbox 360.
There's also a swanky "all power off" function will switch off all your devices by holding the power button down for 3 seconds or by simply flipping over the remote. White backlit keys mean you can use it in the dark.
It's difficult to say whether this kind of motion control will replace the traditional button pressing, and really depends on two things: the extent to which the gestures are intuitive, and whether or not the act of changing channel will make you look like a twerp.
The One For All SmartControl Motion will be available from November 2011 at Dixons, Currys and PC World, as well as online at www.amazon.co.uk priced £34.99.