05 Apr 2017
Remotes: the mysterious devices that are always disappearing. Find out how they actually work and how you can simplify your life by getting rid of them.
If you’re below a certain age, you won’t remember the days of walking over to a device to turn it on and off. Record players needed users to flip an LP over to access the songs on the other side. And a button on the TV was the only way to change the channel.
The growth of consumer tech has also led to an explosion in the number of remote controls. Each one has its own bewildering array of buttons, many of which you may never use.
That’s if you can even find the remote. They have a tendency to fall between sofa cushions or become lost among magazines.
Research has found that TV watchers can spend over 4 and a half hours a week just looking for lost remotes.
But have you ever wondered how infrared (IR) remotes work?
Let’s find out what it is they do and how you can fix the problem of multiple controllers littering your home.