Sharp's New BD Recorders Take Voice Commands Via Smartphone

Sharp Corp will release three types of Blu-ray Disc recorders that can be operated by voice commands via a smartphone Nov 21, 2012.

With the recorders, it is possible to (1) search for a TV program by using keywords, (2) display an electronic program guide, a list of recorded programs, etc and (3) play/stop video only with voice commands. To use this function, an application software needs to be installed in a smartphone.

The new recorders have the “Midokoro Pop-up Search” function, which shows scenes from a recorded TV program in a small screen so that a user can select a scene and watch it. Moreover, two of the three recorders are equipped with two tuners for video recording and one tuner for video viewing. As a result, it is possible to record two TV programs while watching another.