Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Remote Remote control

Among the inventions of the twentieth century, the remote control device for televisions must surely have pride of place. Imagine how dreary our evenings would be without this invaluable gadget in our hands.

Alas, too often, this tool tends to be misplaced or dropped carelessly somewhere. Or, even worse, it can get stuck in the sides of the sofa.

Apparently, Sony has taken customer feedback seriously and has come up with another innovation- a remote controlled remote control. (RCRC)

The new device, which can be controlled via remote control through the use of a second remote control unit, will replace older models that needed to be held in the hand to be operable.

"Constantly leaning forward to pick up the remote control from the coffee table is a tiresome, cumbersome chore that will soon be a thing of the past," Sony director of product development Dan Ninomiya said. "These new remotes, should they be left on the coffee table or in some other barely-hard-to-reach place, will not need to be picked up and actually pointed at the screen in order to work."

The new remote control—along with the additional remote it is designed to control—will soon come standard with all Sony televisions, allowing viewers to remain "more immobile, more stationary, and more physically inert than ever before."

As an added convenience, in the event that the RCRC itself is accidentally placed in a less-than-immediately-accessible spot, it will come with an additional third remote control.

"Should the second remote end up under a magazine or newspaper, the third remote will still be capable of controlling the second remote, enabling the second remote to change channels on the first one, and ultimately the television itself, with just the touch of a button," Sony spokesperson Rich Hervey explained. "Regardless of the location of the remote control unit, the ease and comfort of remote-control television viewing will be assured.

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Rachna said...

It would make much more sense to have a beep-beep locator for a remote to help us locate it lying in weird places. The second and third remote are all humbug in the name of innovation. What next? A feeding device to help us chew!

dipali said...

The mind boggles!