Great TV Remote Mods

Electronics manufacturers still don’t seem understand how to design easy-to-use controls for their devices. This is particularly true for the thousands of TV/cable box combinations that exist in our homes. While we wait patiently for some specialty company to meet this need, check out this arts-and-crafts modification I found online:

What I don’t understand is why companies don’t simplify their remotes and move to a screen-based menu system. The iPod gets away with only a few buttons and a very basic hierarchy of choices. Seems like a good business niche to me. Of course, you-know-who has already entered the arena with their Apple TV:

This is pretty basic design — almost like it is a working prototype of the cardboard cutout version above. I like this approach because shifts burden of design away from the physical object to the software under the hood. Anybody else?

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