Re: ARE ALL TV REMOTE CONTROLS BAD?

August 11th, 2018, 8:36 pm

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That Sony jog dial was amazing. Most likely very costly.

Have you seen the Savant remotes? Very nicely done with a combo of touch screen and tactile buttons. But it only works with their propriety smart home system which is very expensive

Re: ARE ALL TV REMOTE CONTROLS BAD?

August 14th, 2018, 1:09 pm

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So much great input in here! Call me utopian but cant we secretly team up and make the ultimate control remote? Like being the Justice League of design? ok that’s too much, sorry
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August 14th, 2018, 2:29 pm

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At the last company I worked for I pitched to do a universal remote. Bose had done one that ships with many of their products, and I thought it would be a good thing to be the main remote that people use and give them a better experience. The effort didn't move forward, but I would have loved to have completed that!

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August 14th, 2018, 2:46 pm

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yo wrote:At the last company I worked for I pitched to do a universal remote. Bose had done one that ships with many of their products, and I thought it would be a good thing to be the main remote that people use and give them a better experience. The effort didn't move forward, but I would have loved to have completed that!
That would be a great idea! Hijack the process so people use your remote (and brand) as the main touchpoint for their experience. Instead of getting people to use your remote to program another master, absorb the functions of the other remotes and make yours the master. I'm thinking there must be other use case scenarios like this but can't come up with anything at the moment.....

Funny how Apple really has pretty much fixed all the remote issues by just focusing on the software and keeping the remote simple. Original iPod did the same thing taking the shitty physical UI of MP3 players and replacing it all with a simple scroll wheel and lots of simple layered menus. Say what you want about the programming or features of Apple TV, but I can use the remote to do anything I want pretty easily. Maybe password text typing is a bit of pain, but happens so rarely and there's always the remote app if I seriously need to enter a bunch of passwords and account info on first set up. Apple remote has 3 buttons?

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Re: ARE ALL TV REMOTE CONTROLS BAD?

August 14th, 2018, 3:10 pm

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That was exactly the idea Richard. One of the other efforts in parallel that came out of the same innovation workshop was making a sounder with a voice agent. That product was announced at CES last year and is probably one of the last under my direction in the pipeline.

The Apple TV remote did get more buttons in the current gen. You can see the evolution here. Don't forget the blank space at the top is a D Pad and a gestural input... it is still mega simple and lovely. Plus it recharges via lightning and has voice input. Of course it doesn't have to handle any audio settings.
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