ABC Nightline ran a story last evening about Google’s plans to take over the living room with Google TV. As you may know, Sony is one of the launch partners and will launch HD TVs and Blu-ray players supporting the service.
During the story, which has been made available by Hulu, a new Sony commercial for a Google TV HD TV is displayed, along with a remote control for that TV, which comes with a keyboard and directional pads (hat tip to Engadget).
It’s important to remember that the remote is just for one Google TV device. Google TV will come to different devices, which will have their own controls. You will also be able to use your Android phone or iPhone as a remote control.
One feature of Google TV that has kind of been overlooked is that you can use voice search to control it through your phone. Much has been made about the fact that you can control it with your phone, but as Google TV product manager Rishi Chandra demonstrates in the video, you can simply speak to search for what you want to watch. Just in case we weren’t lazy enough, sitting on the couch watching TV, we can somehow get less exercise during that time.
The video claims that when Google unveiled Google TV earlier this year, they had little more to display than a cartoon-like experience, but that’s not exactly true. They did have a cartoony demo video, but the company demonstrated much of Google TV’s functionality live at Google I/O. It was quite impressive.
Read here for our thoughts on why Google TV has the opportunity to make a huge impact on the web, and why that means big things for your business.