This is a blog about a TV / Set Top Box remote design. Millions of people use a television and a quick question on how easy or useful is the remote brings interesting responses


Feel free to comment below on your experiences of the same


One of the principles of usability is that features that are used more often should be the easiest to access and take the least time to operate or give a result


The mute button is one that is used most often


On a typical TV / Set Top Box remote one faces the following challenges


  1. The  mute button is very small
  2. The shape and size is like any other button and hence very difficult to find it at short notice


Why is it required at short notice ?  because most people want to mute the TV when they get a telephone call and therefore they need to find the remote, mute the volume and then take the call


Yet another common challenge faced by remote users is the Favorite Button


If there are thousands of channels and probably 4 users of a TV at home, each user has 5 or 6 channels at the most that are favorites

If this is a typical scenario, why is there only one favourite button

In an ideal remote probably fingerprint recognition can be integrated so the moment the person picks up the remote it recognises who it is and what that person’s favourites are


  1. Basic settings such as volume and the default channel that should come on when switch on the TV/STB
  2. Continuous pressing of the favorites button should then change the channel to the next on the favorite list and so on

For a TV that costs upwards of 1000 Dollars or 60000 rupees and a monthly payment about 500 rupees or $10 for the TV channels provider, is this too much to ask for


I guess people are willing to pay more just to get these features. My students at IIIT B were asked to redesign the TV remote and some of their designs are given here.

If you have an idea do post it in the comments section



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