Called Toggle, the remote combines four interfaces into one touchpad device.
Last month, we issued something of a plea to designers to simplify the TV remote--or remotes, as is invariably the case.
Enter Carbon Design Group’s Toggle: a sleek device that streamlines all remote functions into one touchpad experience.
With the richness of available media--which now includes not only TV watching but Internet surfing and gaming--the problem has become how to harness it all. “There are lots of people trying to solve this,” says Carbon's Peter Bristol. “Some are trying to solve it mechanically with touch in one spot, a little mini-screen, and 5,000 buttons.” Bristol instead decided to leverage the touch experience of smartphones and tablets that everyone is familiar with (and has come to expect) -- without the expensive touchscreen, thereby keeping the cost reasonably low.
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