Friday, February 01, 2008

It Might As Well Have Dials

Some things defy explanation. This is one of them.

This fugly item is billed as the World's Easiest Remote, because, as you many know from watching CNN, thousands of people all across the U.S. have been utterly destroyed by their complicated remote controls. The makers have pared down the design to its bare elements, with no numbers, to set us back about 25 years. I don't really understand why they felt the need to make it light up at the same time. If you're having trouble seeing, then chances are you've got more lightbulbs burning in your living room than most people have in their entire house.

You know what? If "complicated" remotes are too confusing, then you're probably a little long in the tooth, which means you are also retired, which means you have all the time in the world to learn how to use the damn remote, instead of looking for an excuse to be lazy. Thank you, and good day.

On the other hand, this looks eerily similiar to remotes used in hospital beds, so maybe they're trying to get people used to the "feel?"

World's easiest remote. Relax while you watch TV instead of foolin' around with complicated devices. Oversized design features channel and volume control, on/off button and mute. All you really need! Lights up with a touch. Sets up to work on most TV brands in 4 easy steps without codes. ABS plastic, $14.98 [Taylor Gifts]


Neil Russell said...

Now we can wait for the complaints from people that confuse this thing with their Jitterbug phone

Chris said...

"Hello? Hello? God damnit, Hank! This thing is broken!"

S* said...

I bet the man holding that thing is wearing a caftan.

Neil Russell said...

I had almost forgotten we used to have an old Emerson TV with a remote that even trumped this one, it only had 3 buttons, 2 to run the volume up and down which also turned it on and off, and a one-way channel changer (only 12 positions, so it didn't take long to get back around).
It was acoustic and you could hear the thing squealing when it was working. Although the sound of the channel selector motor going "chunk chunk chunk" over at the tv set would overwhelm the high frequency noise from the remote.