CES 2014: Ask HAL for help

Lose your TV remote again? Check out HAL and you might just leave it between the sofa cushions.

This HAL isn't the rogue computer from 2001 A Space Odyssey, but it will do your bidding when you talk to it - or use hand gestures. Nashville-based WHYremote Inc. will be demonstrating HAL for the first time at International CES when the trade show opens Jan. 7.

WHYremote says HAL combines an Internet-connected set-top box and remote control. With HAL, users can change channels, set a DVR to record movies and shows, browse the internet, stream movies, make video calls and even play games. In addition to the TV, HAL will also control audio receivers, DVD players and smart devices that use iOS or Android.

HAL is expected to be available for sale in the fall with a list price of $199. 

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