When remotes are out of control

One model at least tries to consolidate numbers for game consoles

Universal Remote Controls

We've given up: The endless proliferation of remotes in our household is out of control. We've tinkered with so-called universal models , but they either don't seem to work or, more likely, we're just too "challenged" to figure them out.

The only solution, at least in the near term, may be a reduction in their rabbit-like numbers by consolidating them in sub-categories. To wit: The new "Universal Gamer" may not take care of everything in the house, but it at least claims to work with the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 2 (if not the Wii), as well as six other devices including HDTV, TiVo and cable, according to Electronic House.

It's not ideal, but we'll take what we can get; our remotes are starting to talk about organizing a union. Of course, all this is moot if you're controlling your console through brainwaves alone .

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    Mike Yamamoto is an executive editor for CNET News.com.

     

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