Nod Labs, Broadcom demonstrate wearable control of connected devices

Handheld remote control devices are apparently so cumbersome that Nod Labs and Broadcom developed--and are demonstrating--a better way to control TV screen content.

Nod has contributed gesture and motion technology and Broadcom added silicon for an integrated wearable device capable of controlling connected home devices, including set-top boxes. The two companies are demonstrating the capability at The Cable Show in Los Angeles.

"Nod's technology builds on the inherently human behavior of pointing--but aims to eliminate the archaic ways we interact with our home technology," Nod Labs CEO Anush Elangovan said in a press release.

The initial product is a wearable ring called--not so strangely--Nod, which integrated Broadcom's Bluetooth system-on-a-chip (SoC) and Trellis application framework to "offer an intuitive new way for consumers to control their favorite TV and video content via a set-top box, as well as other connected home devices, including smoke alarms, light bulbs and more," Elangovan added.

It is, the two companies said, a very accurate pointing device, detecting spatial motion with more than 0.1 millimeter accuracy.

Rich Nelson, senior vice president of marketing in Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group called the collaboration "an exciting step towards making the home viewing experience even more enjoyable and intuitive."

Nod Labs' video promo for its wearable device. (Source:

For more:
- see this press release

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