Komandor: television remote control and user interface




Komandor is the new user interface for television, home theatre, media center and any other audio or video device connected to a TV set. It's controlled by a remote control with just two buttons, which is called waver. Komandor recognizes waver position and movements.
Three simple rules to use the waver are:
Select an object on the screen by pointing and pushing the button
Cancel or go back by pushing the button (no need to point the waver)
Turn down the volume or scroll the menu by holding down (again, without pointing) the button and dragging in the desired direction.

Having the all the controls moved to the screen makes figuring out the RC buttons in darkness a thing of the past.


When the waver is pointed at the TV set, channel number and volume level appear on the screen (no more INFO or DISPLAY buttons):

But it is not necessary to point at the screen to turn up the volume. Just holding down the button and raising the waver would increase the active slider value accordingly.

To switch the channel the button is pushed. The picture will draw back quickly but smoothly, exposing other current shows:

Channel list may be dragged smoothly or thrown around with the waver with button held down
Pointing the waver at the specific channel makes the picture go live. Pressing the button opens it full screen.

Picking an interesting picture from a given set is easier and faster than the usual sequential switching.


All that is needed appears when the waver is pointed at the TV set. Exit to menu with

On-screen menus

Menu is designed with a single guideline in mind: “show more, aim less”. Why hide all the adjustments in the menu maze, if everything can be presented on a single screen? Note to user interface professionals: yes, you may please both ole' man Fitts and ole' man Tufte.

More waving

Advanced users will memorize simple gestures performed with the button held down:
Go to the main menu
Go into TV mode (from DVD, for instance)
Video mode (V)
Turn off the TV set

About the project

Komandor is a concept user interface worked out in Artem Gorbunov Design Bureau. User interface of the future is not the one to necessarily use new technology and ideas. Electronic pointers and zoomable user interfaces were invented at least twenty years ago. But the ideas and technology will help make the user interface unnoticeable and build subconscious use habits.

We are good at designing simple and elegant user interfaces to complex objects and devices. We are willing to collaborate with your engineers on the new products.

  • User interface designer
  • Artem Gorbunov

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Artem Gorbunov
Design Bureau
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