It's very easy indeed to end up with a couch arm littered with button-clad boxes. But while after-market multi-device controllers exist, Samsung plans to solve the problem straight out of the box with its new smart TV remotes.
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If you have pay TV, the Xbox One's TV-controlling powers are a great feature; having a list of just the channels you watch is how all cable-surfing should be. But you probably also have a DVR, and the Xbox One has been useless at controlling it. Until now.
There's all kinds of fancy touchscreen remotes available today, but when you're absent-mindedly watching TV, physical buttons mean you don't have to constantly look down to change the channel. That's not to say that touchscreen capabilities like gestures aren't handy, which is why Philips has developed a new kind of remote technology called RevoTouch that brings the best of both worlds.
Is there anything more infuriating than watching your favourite team lose while you've spent the past two hours shouting fantastic coaching advice at the screen? Taking your frustration out on your TV's remote can help, particularly if it's able to shrug off the abuse like this impressive heavy duty alternative you can build yourself.
Controlling your home theatre system used to be easy — you simply told your kid to turn the knob. But today's home theatre packed with feature-rich TVs, cable boxes, AV receivers and streaming boxes — and all demanding their own remotes — there's no way the little guy can keep up. It's time to replace your pile of remotes with an app that does everything they can do and more.
There's no definitive proof that the creators of this incredibly complicated button-laden remote drew their inspiration from Nokia's ill-fated N-Gage gaming phone, but there are enough similarities to spark some uncomfortable flashbacks. The Fly Mouse is designed to replace your mouse, keyboard, and TV remote with an all-in-one radial spiral of buttons that will have even the most adept touch typist hunting and pecking again.
At some point in your life, you're going to reach the stage where you can't stand to listen to the horrible drivel spewed forth by TV commercials, and your failing eyesight and dexterity will make it nigh impossible to find the mute button on your remote before your show returns. So the Smash Mute might look ridiculous to you now, but one day you'll see the beauty of its simple design.
Apple's wireless Bluetooth keyboard plays wonderfully with all of the company's hardware, from laptops to iOS devices. But for whatever reason, Apple has limited its lovely aluminium remote to IR, so it won't work with your iPhone or iPad. So Satechi has stepped in to save the lazy day.
We're all still pretty shaken at the passing of Eugene J. Polley, the inventor of one of the most important devices in the past 50 years: the wireless TV remote. But now is not the time for sorrow.
Getting the most out of your high-end DSLR — like taking pro-quality time-lapse shots or long exposures — is a lot easier when you're using a remote. But why blow a bunch of cash for some standalone remote when you've already got smartphone that'll do the same with a TriggerHappy adaptor?