Tagged With remote controls

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Picking a universal remote control is pretty tricky these days. There are plenty of simple, programmable IR blasters out there, but some of the best remotes can control other devices using Bluetooth or even Wi-FI. Read on for our five favourites.

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Android (rooted): The PS3's controller is great for games, but it makes text entry a pain in the nethers and it's too big to fit in your pocket. Sure you don't put it down while gaming, but when watching videos on YouTube, it always seems to end up out of reach. Luckily for us, Android app BlueputDroid solves these problems.

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So you've got yourself a kickass, play-everything home theatre PC, but you're not so keen on controlling it from your couch with a mouse and keyboard. I get that. I'm a media centre enthusiast, so I've tested practically every remote option in my lounge room. Here's how to wade through the sea of remote controls out there and pick the perfect one for your PC.

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Multiple devices in the lounge room equates to multiple remote controls, which is never good for stress-free viewing. How do you ensure that your remote controls don't multiply and then hide themselves under the couch?

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If you use your computer for playing music, chances are at least once you've wished you had a remote control for it. Hacker Owen Trueblood wanted the same thing, so he hacked a TV remote to work with an infrared sensor attached to his computer.

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Ever written out detailed schematics so visiting friends or family members could operate your home theatre setup? It's annoying, right? Web site Designing Interactions highlights an incredibly simple but surprisingly workable solution.

It's a bit silly and, you know, ugly, but the simplicity and effectiveness is undoubtedly a win. Just grab a piece of paper, cut a few holes where necessary, label, and you're done. No, this isn't necessary for the remote wizards in the audience, but it's a great idea for quickly dumbing down your remote for anyone to pick up and use.

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