Example at http://www.b-hague.co.uk/Remote_camcorder_control.htm
LANC is not dead.
Do you know of any camcorders that you can use the remote control unit from directly behind the camera.
I find it hard to believe that this is not being put into camcorders as a normal working feature.
When I am working close up with wild birds,eg, the birds are a few metres from the front of the camera and I am sat frozen a few metres behind the camera, this would make filming them so much easier to zoom in and out by not frightening them away as I try to move around to the working angle of remote control.Or try to slowly move up to camera's zoom button without startling them.
Of course it would be a huge benefit to be able to also start/stop the camera from directly behind.
I have experimented with placing reflective surfaces in front of the camera and it works by bouncining the remote signal back.
But that isn't always practical..