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STB Remote Control Designs Getting Better


Informitv reports that UK satellite broadcaster Sky has launched a new remote control specifically designed to assist older customers, people with visual impairments and those with limited dexterity. The market introduction demonstrates the importance of accessibility in the design of television related products and services.

The new 'Easy Grip' remote device is similar to the usual Sky+ remote control but comes in two styles with either a textured easy grip or a hand strap to assist those with limited dexterity. Both versions have larger numerals, text and graphics with raised contoured buttons and increased color contrast.

The development of the inclusive remote control was shaped by research conducted by Sky in association with disability groups and Age Concern. It is designed to meet the needs of customers with both minor impediments and a range of disabilities including motor control and cognitive impairment.

As you may recall, I have previously commented on the apparent lack of creative designs that incorporate enhanced ease-of-use for set top boxes and associated remote controls.

My prior commentary regarding the MatrixStream design clearly makes this unique device one of the few exceptions to the rule. IMHO, the Sky remote control design still has way too many buttons, which is probably due to limitations imposed by the STB's feature menus and the electronic program guide.

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