TELEVISION remote controls with doz- ens of confusing buttons could be con- signed to the rubbish bin following the launch of a wand that lets the viewer switch channels at the flick of a wrist. The uWand -- which only has three buttons -- works in a similar way to Nintendos Wii controller, using infra-red light to manage content on the screen. An on-screen cursor is used to scroll through the channel menu and the viewer then clicks ok to switch channel. Flicking the wrist either left or right will access settings such as sound or colour -- and its technology even lets you dim the living room lights. uWands makers Philips hope it will eventually be used to control other home appliances. The firms general manager, Navin Natoewal, said: The traditional remote control simply isnt keeping pace with modern interactive television. uWands gesture-based control removes the need for the buttons yet provides a much expanded range of interaction. The gadget is being dem- onstrated at the IBC technology exhibi- tion in Amsterdam from today. But the system is not expected to hit the shops until at least next year. 24 Friday, 11 September 2009 London Lite ofrangeexpandedmuchaprovides year.nextleastatuntilshopsthe Wand that will vanish TV remotes Switchsideswithflickofawrist PENNY LANCASTER should have probably asked her other halfs advice on the best way to chase birds. The model was relaxing on the beach in Malibu, California, with husband Rod Stewart, 64, and their son, when a cheeky seagull took off with what appeared to be one of their sandwich bags. She scampered after the bird, but even with her enviously long legs, Lancaster, 38, couldnt catch it. She laughed it off as she then went to get her four-year-old son Alastair an ice lolly. BY MARK BLUNDEN Lloyd Webber in TV hunt for Toto ANDREW LLOYD Webber is on the hunt for the next Toto. The theatre king is set to hold auditions on the BBC to find the perfect dog to play Dorothys companion in his West End production of The Wizard Of Oz. Remember to eat blueberries EATING blueberries for breakfast can keep you in tip-top mental condition and stop the dreaded afternoon dip, research found. Tests show the berries boosted concentration and memory up to five hours after they were eaten. InforaPenny...thievingseagullraidsRodslunchbox Rob Rod: the gull descends on Penny and Stewarts sandwiches on the Malibu beach Hot pursuit: but leggy Penny cant catch the cheeky gull An infra-red camera in the controller communicates with a sensor bar on top of the TV. It creates an on- screen cursor used to swap TV channels or access settings by gesturing left or right. Press the right- hand button to use hand movements to control the screen. Press the left-hand button to access a games mode. JustmagicAnewwaytobeincontrol Magic: the new uWand Flick of the wrist: the wand in action index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html