You want to turn on the room and not the devices.
Peter Lucas, Maya Designs Inc. [via CNN]
Maya and CMU are working on a truly universal remote control. It will control not only your TV and stereo, but your lights, heat, home security system, lawn sprinklers, dog door, etc.
I’d just like to say, “Finally!” I’ve looked a bit at home automation
solutions recently and been mostly unimpressed. Things don’t seem to have progressed much since the days when I was learning about programming and technology on my family’s Commodore 64, except that the new company that had these cool remote light switches is now one of the most hated on the web because of their evil ubiquitous pop-up ads. (Thank heaven for Mozilla.) That’s a period of (eep!) twenty years, for those of you keeping track.
To be honest, though, I’d settle for a plain old universal media remote that can actually replace the six I have now (including three that claim some level of universality). I’ll wait for the rest.