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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
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.
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.
A footnote to our recent discussion about user friendly DVD players for older relatives: if you don't like the remote that comes with the DVD or think it will be difficult to use, it's pretty straightforward to swap it for a kid-friendly programmable remote control.
We've done a lot of work helping you perfect your media centre, but your friends may not think it's as cool as you do once they actually try to use it. For their sake, consider a temporary remote control sleeve.
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.Chapter 4 - Adopting Technology