Find that sensible, button-filled remote for your TV a little too boring? DIYer Frederick Vandenbosch shows off how to build a gesture-based remote control using a Raspberry Pi.
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We've suggested reprogramming kid-friendly remotes as one solution for older TV users who don't like overcrowded remotes with tiny writing. ALDI is selling a similar "Big Button Remote" from tomorrow for $14.99. (We like the 60-day return warranty if it doesn't work with the target TV.)
For those annoying times when you've already walked away from the desk before realising you meant to put your Mac to sleep: Use your Apple remote to zap it to sleep from across the room by holding down the Play/Pause button. After about 2 seconds of holding it, you'll see your Mac display some sleepy Zs on the screen before getting comfy and passing out.
Reader Chris Bright had too many remotes from various A/V gadgets and no good place to store them. That lasted until he fashioned a picture frame and fabric into a DIY remote caddy.
A few years ago, I upgraded my entertainment system and it was great. I was happy with the results, but I wasn't thrilled with the five remotes that were the by-product. They ended up in different places and they cluttered up my living room. Programming a universal remote was a pain, plus I didn't want to spend any more money. I noticed that most remotes are less than 8 inches long, so I had the idea of using a picture frame as a holder.