Is This the Craziest-Looking TV Guide in the World?

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In an era of thousands of content choices, the traditional TV grid guide (with up-down-left-right input) has been disparaged as a ridiculously insufficient tool -- and rightly so. 

TV and set-top makers as well as pay TV operators are looking to new technologies like voice recognition, motion detection and second-screen apps for next-generation navigation.

But for sheer visual complexity check out this IPG, the G-Guide, developed for the Japanese market by Rovi. Here's what it looks like in Hitachi's line of Wooo HDTVs (which are now defunct):

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Holy kanji!

If you know of a busier, more cluttered user interface for TV, I'm not sure I want to see it.

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