Want to stop your children from watching adult TV programmes in your absence? Let a new remote do the work for you.
Yes, scientists have designed the TV remote fitted with sensors which can identify individual family members, offering personalised viewing options and restrictions, according to the New Scientist.
In fact, a team at Arizona State University in Tempe, led by Magdiel Galan, at Intel Labs has modified an ordinary TV remote to design the new remote with sensors to measure the way it was held as volunteers channel-surfed.
For one session in every five, the volunteers identified themselves by entering a PIN. The idiosyncrasies in the way people used the remote could then be used to identify them in the rest of sessions with 60 to 90 per cent accuracy, suggesting a way to personalise access to content.
The scientists are to present their new device at the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, next week.