IKEA the first designer to redesign the TV-remote?

Who would have thought that IKEA would be the first company to redesign the TV remote and actually remove buttons instead of adding new buttons?

I’ve always been the one to hate TV remotes. They are always cluttered with buttons that makes no sense att all. And you always end up having way too many remotes on the coffe table.

As an example. My Motorola DigitalBox remote has five different ways of changing channel.

  1. Using the numbered buttons
  2. Instant Next and Previous channel buttons
  3. Preview Next and Previous buttons that demands a press on the OK button if I wish to switch channel
  4. A small guide menu where I can scroll through the channels in a list
  5. A full screen guide menu where I can scroll through the channels

I hate this. It’s idiotic and a slap in the face from the product designer on the consumer. Because of this remote I loath Motorola and their product designers. Sorry, but you suck.

I’ve always thought that Apple would be the first company to take the TV to the next level with a minimal remote. Maybe just like the one we have for the Apple TV today together with some simple menus and integrated WiFi etc. But I was wrong.

The first company to change the way we use a TV and what we expect from a TV (and its accessories) is IKEA with their new product UPPLEVA. Check out their promo video from Milan.

Thoughts and comments

  1. Older IKEA stores are usually very large blue buildings with yellow accents (also Sweden’s national colours) and few windows. They are often designed in a one-way layout, leading customers counter clockwise along what IKEA calls “the long natural way” designed to encourage the customer to see the store in its entirety (as opposed to a traditional retail store, which allows a customer to go directly to the section where the goods and services needed are displayed). However, there are often shortcuts to other parts of the showroom. Newer IKEA stores, like the one in Mönchengladbach, Germany, make more use of glass, both for aesthetics and functionality. Skylights are also now common in the self-serve warehouses; natural lighting reduces energy costs, improves worker morale and gives a better impression of the product.,^;`


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