For some years I've been predicting that the future of TV is a flat screen and an intelligent remote control. With the advent of broadband enabled plasma and LCD screens the former has already become a reality. Now, a Chicago based startup is bringing the latter concept to life.
TVcompass is developing a remote control that links home WiFi networks with traditional TV broadcasts and aims to offer interactivity with the programming.
Competition for this concept is likely to come from the PDA and cellphone market, where these devices could equally be used as remote controls and web access devices linked to TVs.