Although Chen Hung Ming's Book
Style remote control isn't the first gizmo to mimic
pages of the past, this prototype device adds a whole new meaning to flipping through the channels. Reportedly crafted for a short-term Philips
project, Ming set out to construct a remote that was "perfect for everyone," had a simplistic interface scheme, and would appeal to a broad group of ages. Still, we can't imagine that this "universal" remote would be any easier to program that the internet-savvy controllers
that are already available, but the clever colored tabs are indeed a thoughtful inclusion when considering the elderly
. Of course, we've no idea if Philips (or anyone else, for that matter) plans on commercialization the design, but click on through for another glimpse anyway.