Do you like this quasi-futuristic remote I designed? It’s based on the device used by Dr. Evil to fire his employees. It’s intended to be a streaming remote, compatible with devices like the Roku or Chromecast. It enables users to fire up their preferred streaming service at the push of a button.
The one major change I made was the addition of a rotary joystick in the middle. It can be moved for navigating menus, pressed like a button, and rotated for volume control. This sort of input is common in cars with infotainment displays.
This remote sits on a coffee table, though it shouldn’t be too cumbersome to hold or place on your lap. It may need to be plugged into a PC or programmed from a smartphone app, much like a Logitech Harmony remote. It would come with numerous labels for all the streaming services, and it shouldn’t be too difficult to print your own if needed.
Now that we have the technology, it is possible to create a Game Boy that looks exactly as it appeared on the original packaging. Basically a back-lit keyboard meets the Game Boy. Just an idea for a possible Game Boy Classic.
This alarm clock has an LCD display, so it could show a lot of helpful information like weather and music settings, perhaps even personal assistant searches from Alexa. But the main draw is the Red Alert alarm, which may provide some much-needed urgency when it comes to getting out of bed in the morning.
There’s an array of buttons on top, but I made the only button that matters – the Snooze button – front and center. This alarm also sits on a Lazy Susan, so it can swivel in place just like Picard’s personal computer in his ready room.
Here are a bunch of products that came and went but deserve a second chance, in my opinion. In no particular order:
1. Clickwheel iPod. Right now the only iPod available is the Touch, but there are dozens of us still clinging to the old clickwheel models. I have a hunch that a clickwheel iPod will return in 2021 to mark the device’s 20th anniversary.
I remember Apple showing off a new line of iPods (5th Gen Nano I think), and I honestly thought the clickwheels were illuminated! I was wrong, of course. For the mockup above I included that feature. Bluetooth and wireless charging would also be welcome additions.
Continue reading ➞ 6 Dead Gadgets That Deserve A Revival
The Echo Show is an Alexa assistant with a display, and I think the killer app for this device is game shows like Jeopardy where Alexa serves as the host. Alexa can display the game, narrate questions, listen for answers, and keep track of score.
Continue reading ➞ Alexa The Game Show Host
Picked up a calculator at the dollar store a few days ago, and its red color inspired me to draw up this design. I’m surprised Texas Instruments doesn’t already offer this, because the Speak & Spell toy is an 80’s icon.
For a more conventional layout I placed a solar panel where the original Speak & Spell display used to be. The new display fills up what used to be the handle.
A few years ago Intel released the Compute Stick, a small computer that was about the size of a USB thumb drive or a pack of gum. I thought it was pretty neat to have a desktop PC in such a compact form.
If it were up to me, a new version would look like the old Pentium 2 or Pentium 3 chips, which had an appearance similar to a video game cartridge. This new Compute Stick would be larger, roughly the same size as the aforementioned Pentium chips.
The holographic sticker would serve as the power button. An array of ports would be available on both sides.
I’m not a fan of the original Compute Stick’s HDMI connector, which had the computer plug directly into a display (like a Roku or Amazon Fire stick). This can be a problem if the HDMI port on the display is difficult to access or is flush against the wall. I prefer an HDMI cable between the computer and display, which makes the power button easier to access.