Comcast to make your iPad a giant remote

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Thanks to its small size and weight, the iPad's place is not on our desks, but at our side—a constant companion that augments and enriches our daily lives. This seems to be inspiring all sorts of innovative apps that take advantage of everything our beloved tablet has to offer in new and exciting ways.

One such example comes from the labs of U.S. cable giant Comcast, which demoed a prototype of its new Xfinity Remote, an app that can be used to access and control the company's on-demand and TV-recording services.

The Comcast Xfinity app, as seen in Comcast's YouTube video.

Judging from the press release, “remote” may be a bit of a misnomer for this app, considering the slew of features it comes with. In addition to controlling your TV viewing experience, Xfinity allows you to share your favourite shows with your friends and invite them to watch them in real time, thus adding a whole new social dimension to your living room entertainment experience.

There's no word on when—or if—the Xfinity Remote will be available to consumers. In the meantime, Comcast Labs has published a video of a demo that was shown at this week's NCTA show.

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