When in doubt, fold up the remote

GE apparently thinks it has the answer. We don't.

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Category: Going from bad to worse.

One of our many standard rants has centered on the tech industry's inability to come up with a truly universal remote that even a Geico caveman could figure out. But some manufacturers insist on going in the opposite direction, creating subcategories or developing remotes that seem to use far more technology than the products they're supposed to control.

The latest act of genius? Making one that closes up like a flip phone. Rather than simplify and actually reduce the size and number of buttons needed (unthinkable!), GE apparently just decided to make it foldable because remotes are so unwieldy. As Engadget notes, the press release for the so-called universal "GE Flip" doesn't have a whole lot to say other than its yoga-like design.

If they really wanted to be different, they should just make something like a karaoke remote . We've said it before, and we'll say it again (and again and again): The only solution is telepathy .

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