Just How "Wii-Like" Is LG's Magic Motion TV Remote?

Two of the ten bazillion HDTVs on display at this year's Consumer Electronics Show were the LE9500 and PK950, previously noted for manufacturer LG Electronic's claims of a "Wii-like experience," courtesy of its Magic Motion remote. How Wii-like was it?

In terms of pointing a remote at a screen and things happening, it was dead on. Like the Wii, LG's TVs equipped with Magic Motion support can also play games, as you'll see in the video above. It's certainly not as intuitive as the Wii, as you'll see by my signature fumbling and struggle to play a game of Cooking Burgers.

And it wasn't the experience I'd have chosen to interact with a TV, based on the sometimes sloppy pointer recognition, which required reorientation now and then.

But if you consider a Wii-like experience to be having access to an on-screen mouse pointer and shaky gesture recognition, plus a few mini-games, you'll see that the LE9500—the set we tested—has those aspects in spades. You'll also see what it was meant to be like in the quick ad spot for the TV below.

Next year, I'm getting Crecente one of those iPhone steady cams, to prevent reader nausea. Promise.


    interesting to see whether more tvs adopt this line as its very easy for them to include sensor bar / camera.... that + crappy sports games = cash in the bank.

    are you bloody kidding me... its a wired remote? from what i could see in the video.

      Its tied up so someone at CES doesn’t just take the Remote and leave. As for the remote itself, it looks like it functions, but I still don’t see a function for it.

    Not something i would GO out and buy, heck i avoid the Wii as much as possible.

    But i guess its something different. Like to see how it takes off and especially its price. Some mini games to entertain the kids if they don't have a console. But i suppose with what the price will most likely be, it will be a shock if they didnt have ANY of the 3 consoles yet they have the TV.

    Michael, do you really think they'll let people try the new gadget and bring the remote home with them 'unintentionally'?

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