Working Towards A Real Universal Remote

from the control-my-life dept

Apparently, the holy grail of consumer electronics these days if figuring out how to build a real universal remote that controls everything in your house. Current universal remotes that are supposed to remove the clutter of multiple TV/DVD/VCR/TiVo/etc remotes haven’t been up to the task. They’re a pain to program, and they’re confusing to use. The biggest change in the new plans for remotes is to get rid of the remote itself, and set things up so they can be controlled by computer, handheld device, or even mobile phone. The biggest problem, though, is getting appliance makers to all agree on a single standard. All I know is I won’t be satisfied until I have a Wallace & Gromit style automated house – and if I can control it all without having to get out of bed… even better.

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