Is That Really YOUR Television Remote?
Visitors to my house are often shocked when they see my television remote. I often get the comment, “you don’t need that YET”. However, I quickly point out that I have never lost it or pushed the wrong button. I use this is my example when talking about Universal Design concepts – why should we wait to use something that is more functional for us right now?
Like many things it comes down to the stigma associated with having a big button device on your coffee table.
Just because we can make electronics super small doesn’t mean that we should. The ipad is a classic example of this; while it is smaller than a computer it’s bigger and more functional than a smart phone. It’s also a device that has a growing list of functions; in fact my ipad does have limited functions as a television remote. I am sure in the near future it might even replace my beloved remote!
Think about this the next time you walk up a “wheelchair ramp” or push that button on an automatic entry door for people with disabilities!