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Building a Better Remote

Thursday, April 21, 2016

A univeral remote on the left, and Samsung's new model on the right.
Image sources:
HebiFot, https://pixabay.com/
http://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1455629631

When discussing good and bad design with our students, we call their attention to everyday objects and ask them to consider how easy these objects are to use and how well they do or don't solve a problem.  TV remotes are one of our favorite examples of an object that can be difficult or frustrating to use.   In The Wall Street Journal today, personal technology columnist Geoffrey Fowlers writes, "Hallelujah! Samsung fixed the most annoying thing about TVs! It only took 30 years!"  Click here to read about how Samsung and other manufacturers are reimagining the remote.