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Gizmodo visited by the ghosts of TiVo remote past, future

by Brad Linder, posted Jun 20th 2008 2:29PM
TiVo remote timeline
Gizmodo has an intriguing article looking at the ins and outs of the TiVo remote control. Not from a technical standpoint, but from a historic one. Back in 1998, for example, TiVo wanted to develop a remote that looked like no other. But before settling on the "peanut" style design, the company considered remotes that looked more like spatulas, breadsticks, or toads.

The post has dozens of pictures showing early TiVo prototypes, remote controls designed by third parties for boxes like the DirecTiVo, and even a bunch of prototype shots showing early designs for the backlit TiVo Series3 remote.

Probably the most interesting bit is head of consumer engineering Paul Newby's look ahead at the future of the TiVo remote. Future models could have a QWERTY keyboard, a touchscreen or both.

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Ahhh, I sure do miss that little silver one, all by itself in the bottom left. It's the remote for Sony's DirecTV/TiVo Series 1 SAT-T60, my very first TiVo unit.

I personally have never like the peanut. I regularly turn the TV off, instead of the 8 sec 'jump back'. ARG!!

June 20 2008 at 4:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Makes me wish I worked for so I could get one of those 5 year remotes =P.

June 20 2008 at 3:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to puffin's comment

should read "Worked for Tivo".

June 20 2008 at 3:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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