No need to worry about losing the remote with new touchless technology.
Touchscreens are so yesterday. Remote controls? So last century.
The future is controlling your devices with a simple wave of the hand.
A wiggle of the fingers will change television channels or turn the volume up or down. In video games, your movements will control your onscreen digital avatar.
It's called 3-D gesture recognition and while it may not be in stores this Christmas a number of technology companies are promising that it will be by next year.
Softkinetic, a Brussels-based software company, is one of the leaders in the gesture-control field and has teamed up with US semiconductor giant Texas Instruments and others to make this touchless vision of the future a reality.
Besides TI, Softkinetic has forged partnerships with France's Orange Vallee for interactive TV, another Belgian firm, Optrima, a maker of 3-D cameras and sensors, and with Connecting Technology, a French home automation company.
"On the consumer side you have three markets -- television, video games and personal computers," Softkinetic chief executive Michel Tombroff told AFP in a telephone interview.