Tagged With remotes

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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.

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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.

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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.

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This isn't Christmas 2012′s hottest sex toy. It's LG's revised Magic Remote, the new way to turn the act of changing channels into a never-ending loop of frustration.

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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.

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It's taken forever and a half for Logitech to introduce a new universal remote — but they finally have. Meet the Logitech Harmony Touch, a new universal remote that changes the Harmony button layout and replaces most of its actions with a touchscreen.

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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.