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Three of the Strangest Remote Controls

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Today, television remote controls are a fairly standard device, used by millions of people looking to relax after a long, hard day. As a result, there are an uncountable number of different TV remote controls, all offering different features and attributes to the interested user. Theoretically, this should make it easier to find replacement remote controls when you lose or break your current device. Unfortunately, it seems that this has instead resulted in a wide variety of strange television remote controls, some of which seem to detract from the reasons you wanted a remote in the first place. Read on to learn about some of the strangest remote controls the market can offer.

A Pillow Remote Control
When it comes to choosing replacement remotes, the pillow remote might seem like the perfect choice at first: literally a sofa cushion with buttons, the pillow remote is easy to disguise when you have guests over, and is likely far more enjoyable to hold. Additionally, the pillows act all in one remote controls, which work with over 500 different components. However, this can only end in the user trying to lower the volume with the wrong pillow, or accidentally changing the channel when they fall asleep on the remote. While you might hate losing your current remote in the sofa, the solution probably isn’t to replace the remote with a sofa cushion.

A Gel Remote Control
Many users likely already have Panasonic remote controls at home, but none like this conceptual option from the manufacturer: the gel remote lies limp when it is not in use and pulses with a soft light. However, when its sensors detect a hand moving toward it, the remote stiffens, allowing the user to press the buttons and adjust their TV accordingly. Most users will likely agree that these television remote controls sound more like alien creatures in a low-budget movie, so it’s not surprising that Panasonic hasn’t introduced this option to the wider market.

A Giant Remote Control
Most people use a remote to help them relax, instead of having to repeatedly get up and change the channel or adjust the volume. However, you can now buy a remote so big that you have to spread it out on the floor to use it. While the large buttons might be perfect for those who are looking to get off the couch without leaving the living room, have poor eyesight or lack manual dexterity, everyone else will likely admit that this defies the entire point of a remote. If you belong to one of the latter groups, however, you can make your own giant remote: the source code has been made available online.

Would you use any of these strange television remote controls? Tell us why or why not in the comments below!

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