An interesting leading indicator – see the full post for more details
But a new iPhone app I saw on Friday just might change my mind about universal remotes. Two developers, one of whom is a former Hewlett-Packard executive, showed me a demo of their prototype application that allows users to create virtual remotes on their iPhone. Rather than using a single remote to control everything, you can choose pictures of typical remote control shapes, and then populate each one with the buttons you want.
You can place the command buttons anywhere on the virtual remote’s face, and change their size. And if you’re a masochist, you can create one giant remote with every command for every home theater product you own.
The iPhone connects to a small box via Bluetooth. The box sends the commands via infrared to each device.