We've rounded up motion-sensing control, battery-free devices, tactile feedback and voice commands for remote controls.
Omnio RF Remote Powers Itself
URC-MX-5000 With Haptics
EZ Power Wind-Up Battery-Free Remote
Motion-Sensitive Remotion
Hillcrest Labs Loop Pointer
Voice Controllable Remotes
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Voice Controllable Remotes

For years, we’ve seen remote controls that can be operated with simple voice commands such as “Turn to CBS.” While some of the products from Innotech still are shipping, most of the others never panned out.

AT&T is moving forward with a voice-controllable remote that uses its Watson voice recognition technology. The remote will be available for its U-verse TV subscribers.

These are some of the previous developments in voice-controllable remotes: InVoca 3.0, Surfboard, Accenda remotes from Innotech (Products still selling through a handful of distributors)

VRC-400 from Pogo Products – voice control for Scientific-Atlanta cable boxes (apparently discontinued)

My Voice remote from One Voice—focusing on Media Center control (discontinued in favor of PC-based voice control systems)

RCA Voice Control Remote (apparently discontinued)

(Top: InVoca 3.0, Surfboard and Accenda remotes from Innotech; Pogo VRC-400; Bottom: One Voice remote RCA Talking Remote)

Read more: 6 Unique Remote Control Technologies