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The Poorest Designed Most Indispensable Gizmo — 4 Comments

  1. I can’t tell whether or not this is a joke, but I totally disagree. The peanut shape fits perfectly in the palm of my hand. Going to a cube would be a terrible decisions, especially given how many times you’ll use the remote in the course of an evening.

    As far as the weight goes, I’ve never had problems keeping it on top of my coffee table. One of the things I really like about the remote is that because one end is heavier then the other, you can tell which way to hold it even in the dark.

    I would like to see more neutral buttons that you could program other gadgets into, but overall, I think it’s the best remote out there.

    Davis Freeberg´s last blog post..Sway

  2. @Davis: Noooo, I don’t joke about essentials of life. I am deadly serious. We disagree and that is fine, but we can still argue. 🙂
    Peanut shape? Name anything useful in life that is a peanut shape? Other than peanuts and the infinity sign!

  3. I’m ok with disagreeing, but since we can still argue I’d like to point out that not only has TiVo’s remote been obsessed over by the fanboys (myself included), but they’ve also won awards for the design from CES. There are a couple of good articles out there describing their decision making process for the design and the evolution of the remote over time.

    http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0DE2D6123DF93AA25751C0A9629C8B63

    http://gizmodo.com/5017972/story-of-a-peanut-the-tivo-remotes-untold-past-present-and-future

    As far as peanut shaped devices go, the hour glass has proven to be useful even if it’s obsolete now. The peanut is also one of the most popular designs for swimming pools and if you take a look at the “ideal” measurements for women, it shapes up to be a peanut. With so many useful things taking on the peanut design, I’m left to wonder what peanut shaped devices aren’t useful?

    Davis Freeberg´s last blog post..Sway

  4. @all readers: hint – don’t pick a fight with a fanboy! They will KILL ya.

    @ Davis Freeberg: Holy Moly. That NYT story from 2004 was awesome. All that time and energy! It was really interesting. But it appears there never was any real world testing.

    “Mr. Newby himself is considering some improvements, like enabling the remote to stand up on the coffee table. ”

    The cube is coming!

    And Gizmodo likes it? That’s like saying MacWorld is fond of Apple.

    Pshaw on your peanut shapes. Pools? Cubes. Hourglass? not a peanut, too thick on the ends, too thin in the middle, Women? You been looking at too many photoshopped images, dude.

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