The sad irony of home entertainment technology is that we love new media devices, but we hate their remotes. It’s not that the remotes are bad (although some are terrible), it’s that we hate the way they accumulate on the coffee table and add unnecessary complexity to what is supposed to be leisure time.
Consider the simple act of switching a home entertainment system from music mode to television mode. In the average living room this task might involve selecting three separate remotes from a pile of six and pressing the correct commands on each in just the right order. Pick the wrong remote or press the wrong button and you might spend 20 minutes trying to undo your mistake. It’s sort of like taking a roadside sobriety test in your living room – every single night.