One year ago, Panasonic revealed it was developing a "super remote control" for installed IFE that, well, to quote myself from last year, "is pretty darn super".
Karma will essentially let you to be your ambidextrous self. For instance, you can check your email or scan the Internet without ever letting your IFE system's programming skip a beat. Karma will do everything but cook you breakfast (although no doubt you'll be able to order your eggs via Karma).
The picture you see above is not the final look of the touch screen handset that will be flying next year. But it gives you a pretty good idea of what's coming down the pike. Below are some prototype images....nice!
Consider this blog post part of my new continuing series: "Embedded IFE is nowhere near dead." In fact, it's very much alive and kicking.