Where's that remote?
Where is that remote? A valid and common question most of us have probably posed at one time or another.
And yet, no good solution. Well, there probably is one out there for $19.95 or something, but I haven't seen it. And chances are anything out there would involve me replacing my beloved TiVo remote with some substandard chunk of plastic.
So what to do? Well, I understand the TiVo folk are hard at work engineering Series3, so if it's not too late, may I make a wee suggestion?
WiFi-enable the TiVo Series3 remote. Why? Let me count the ways:
- Two-way communication. You can press a button on the TiVo console to have the remote beep or make some kind of audible/visible response as to it's location.
- Enough with the infrared already. That's sooo '80s technology. I'd like to be able to fire my remote without having to point it at the TiVo directly.
- You could send TiVo remote signals from your computer (including one to locate the remote). Change channels or turn things on and off.
- Program the remote to control other devices that aren't supported from factory defaults.
I hope there's more at work in the Series3 than HDTV. Thanks to the TiVo Hacks book, there's already a nice wishlist of what people want to do with their TiVo's. With HDTV's resolution, it wouldn't be out of the question to enable web browsing on the thing. Or reading e-mail. A small-footprint, wireless keyboard with builtin trackpad/trackball/thumbpoint device would be ideal for this. As if I don't spend enough time on my couch as it is...
And here are some other thoughts I have related to the nextgen TiVo.