FAV button

19 Feb 2004 - 10:17am
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Jim Hoekema
2004

Dave wrote: " Would it kill them to make a remote that is backlit like a
phone touch pad?"

The FAV button began life as ALT for "Alternate Channel" which simply
toggled between two channels. Some TVs let you define the function to be
either a toggle or a string of "favorites" (though more a dozen does get
cumbersome when you can only go one way). Some TVs actually put something up
on the screen, so you can summon the list and then pick... but then the
labor-saving aspect starts to seem shaky.

The FAV or ALT button has always been more popular in the U.S. than in
Europe, since our TV experience is about 20% advertising.

On filtering the whole channel list, I have seen TVs that do that, and it
irritates me, too, that I can't simply eliminate channels that I will never,
ever watch.

Amen about working the dark. It's amazing little attention is paid to the
fact that users are typically in the dark when watching TV. Same goes for
labeling the back panel of TVs and stereos -- you may have the lights on,
but typically you don't have a spotlight on the jacks etc, and you are
usually twisting around in some contorted posture!

Some high-end TVs also have backlit remotes -- I have one that turns when
you press a key and then goes out a minute or so after the last keypress --
but the main argument against this feature is power consumption.

- Jim Hoekema

When is someone going to realize that people watch TV w/ dimmed or no lights
on? How often I've been watching a DVD or something off the DVR and I get a
call and I can't find the stupid PAUSE button. Would it kill them to make a
remote that is backlit like a phone touch pad?

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19 Feb 2004 - 10:35am
Dave Malouf
2005

One last note.
Jim, what you call an "alt" button in my multi-cable service experience has
been usually called "Last" as in last viewed.

-- dave

19 Feb 2004 - 1:07pm
ralph lord
2004

> Amen about working the dark.
> Some high-end TVs also have backlit remotes -- but the main argument
against
> this feature is power consumption.
>
> - Jim Hoekema

My 14-year old Tag-Heuer watch has the entire face covered in "glow in
the dark" material. After 14 years, it's just as bright as it was when
new. After being in the light for minutes, it will glow brightly and
slowly fade away over a period of several hours. How much can that
glowing stuff cost? Couldn't they just coat the buttons on a remote with
it?

RL

19 Feb 2004 - 1:12pm
Dave Malouf
2005

Ah! I wouldn't want this either.

I'm very picky about my lighting when it comes to watching TV.
The light on the pad cannot be constant. I has to be something I can trigger
on/off, but do so easily, just as an easily accessible trigger switch on the
side or bottom of the remote that when I pick it up leaves my thumb in the
right position for doing the good stuff, but allows me to use the trigger w/
that same hand.

-- dave

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> Amen about working the dark.
> Some high-end TVs also have backlit remotes -- but the main argument
against
> this feature is power consumption.
>
> - Jim Hoekema

My 14-year old Tag-Heuer watch has the entire face covered in "glow in the
dark" material. After 14 years, it's just as bright as it was when new.
After being in the light for minutes, it will glow brightly and slowly fade
away over a period of several hours. How much can that glowing stuff cost?
Couldn't they just coat the buttons on a remote with it?

RL
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19 Feb 2004 - 3:00pm
Matt Attaway
2004

If I recall correctly, MS was working on a mouse that could tell it
was being touched by a person so that it wouldn't respond unless
you were gripping it. It could work nicely for letting
the remote know when to glow. Of course it might be bad for those
folks who like to constantly hold on to the remote. =)

Matt

> Ah! I wouldn't want this either.
>
> I'm very picky about my lighting when it comes to watching TV.
> The light on the pad cannot be constant. I has to be something I can
> trigger
> on/off, but do so easily, just as an easily accessible trigger switch on
> the
> side or bottom of the remote that when I pick it up leaves my thumb in the
> right position for doing the good stuff, but allows me to use the trigger
> w/
> that same hand.
>
> -- dave
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> discuss-interactiondesigners.com-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com
> [mailto:discuss-interactiondesigners.com-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.
> com] On Behalf Of Lord, Ralph
> Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2004 1:08 PM
> To: jim at hoekema.com; discuss at interactiondesigners.com
> Subject: RE: [ID Discuss] FAV button
>
>> Amen about working the dark.
>> Some high-end TVs also have backlit remotes -- but the main argument
> against
>> this feature is power consumption.
>>
>> - Jim Hoekema
>
> My 14-year old Tag-Heuer watch has the entire face covered in "glow in the
> dark" material. After 14 years, it's just as bright as it was when new.
> After being in the light for minutes, it will glow brightly and slowly
> fade
> away over a period of several hours. How much can that glowing stuff
> cost?
> Couldn't they just coat the buttons on a remote with it?
>
> RL
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