Panasonic Viera TV DMP-HV200: Hand Gesture Control Feature

Here at OSM we’re constantly reporting on the latest devices and innovations but sometimes something comes along that we’ve not thought of before. We’ve recently brought you news about the new Panasonic Viera 3D LED DT30 lineup and also a new Panasonic 3D Plasma but how about a Panasonic TV with hand gesture control.

We heard about this from Thomas Ricker over on Engadget, sourced from Panasonic Japan, and this Panasonic Viera DMP-HV200 digital terrestrial portable TV has just been announced for Japan. The counter-top set does come with the usual remote and also a touchscreen but can also be controlled by hand waves so that you adjust the volume and change channels with a simple gesture.

The HV200 is IPX-3 rated and has a 1024 x 600 pixel LCD display along with a 10.1-inch screen and in Japan it will be priced as ¥50,000, that’s around $600. Alternatively ¥80,000, around $1000, will get you the DMP-BV300 which also has HDMI-out but there’s no gesture control on this version.

Serkan Toto over on Crunch Gear goes into more detail about how the hand gestures work on the HV200, such as waving your hand to the upper right corner of the screen to turn the volume up and waving your hand to the upper left corner to turn it down. Toto also gives the release date in Japan as March 18.

What are your thoughts on TVs being controlled with hand gestures? It seems like something that could certainly catch on as far we we’re concerned but send us your comments with your thoughts on this.