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I'm at a loss on this one. People love their handheld remotes when they work well. Many remotes don't work well, and I don't see this one as an improvement.
The concept is that a good remote is not one you have to point at 50 things to make 50 things happen. It's one you pick up, press one button, then the 50 things that should happen, happen.
Some people view a 'universal remote' as one remote that controls 50 devices one-by-one. But, that's not at all true. A really good remote takes away the need to use multiple remotes for day-to-day operation. Some people will program their universal remote to do everything that their normal remote does, and for some, that works. But, a truly family friendly remote won't have my 5 year old pointing something around the room, then require him to navigate the menu, then go to the next device to do the same thing...
No, he will do what he does now. Press the top left button to watch cable TV. Press the next button down for Wii, and the next button down for PS3. He's known for years how to use the remote control which controls an A/V receiver, floor speakers, and multiple devices. My in-laws have figured it out, my wife has no problem. Plus, we have half a dozen identical models of remotes in the home that work exactly the same way.
I'm at a loss that beyond the 'nifty' factor, how this will improve upon a button that just says "Blu-ray Disc" and sets up the entire system for watching the BD.
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