This week a FCC listing for a new NVIDIA SHIELD TV remote(s) for the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV or maybe a possible new one on the horizon? From the documents one of the obvious upgrades to the remote are Bluetooth 4.1 which may extend the battery life of the short life of this generation compared to other boxes “remotes”, but that doesn’t change it from being my #1 choice for a remote because of the volume control alone.
Also based on the diagram you can see they got rid of some extra space and streamlined the design more and removed the headphone jack as well which hints towards Bluetooth headphones/A2DP. However there’s a Google patent that could be attempted. A new Google patent (USPTO Application #: #20160241910), filed earlier this year but published by the USPTO this week, goes by the name “Systems and methods for using a remote control for presence detection.” So how does this work?
Google patent describes a system where a remote control that’s always active similar to Kinect, can infer presence in a room by movement. It’s different from the Kinect because it uses lasers to detect presence in a room and welcome whoever it detects on-screen. Expect to see this integrated into the Android TV platform very soon and immediately if not shortly after on the SHIELD TV if any work is needed to be done on NVIDIA’s side.