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Remote Problems for 90yr Grandmother

Discussion in 'Audio, Video & Home Theater' started by DaMulta, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. DaMulta

    DaMulta My stars went supernova

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    So my Grandmother moved into a home, and she has had Sat. for what seems forever now. She has that down, but can not get digital cable down.

    Her remote is hard for her to use. Ones we have bought the same. Programming her TV is a bitch not thanks too - and . s put in numbers like 8.3-1 or 9-123 balbalaba

    Tried now 4 different remotes she just can't get the damn things. She is pissed and bitches about it EVERY DAY!

    I was talking to my mother, and I think there is a huge market for shit needed like this.

    My idea is an OLD SCHOOL BOX maybe 2'' thick, 10'' long with Huge ass buttons 1/2 long, 1/3 wide sits 1/8 to 1/4 off the box for easy use for someone losing their site, or use of their fingers. Click buttons that stay down till released by pushing another channel button so one could just feel what channel they are on if needed. Program all the channels with a computer, because their is just too many channel, and of course you have to buy huge packages to get channels you want say like the western channel.


    I don't think I have the skills needed to make this. I have thought about it, because if I could convert a Keyboard with a way to get it too work on a digital cable box for a remote. Cause I don't have the cash in the least to just have it made even in chia.


    Which leads me to your guys/gals ideas :p

    My Mom is thinking about a voice activated remote. Are those any good these days?
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  2. Frederik S Staff

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    Why not get one of the simple remotes out there. Maybe try and find a shop that specialises in senior stuff. Like Doro remotes.
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  3. Neuromancer


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    If she does not like he channels, why not get her a cable box? they dont have the 8.3 etc like ATSC signals do.
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  5. m4gicfour


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    My dad bought a Logitech Harmony 1000 for our grandmother. It took her a bit of getting used to, but she liked it.

    It's too bad that Logitech doesn't make a harmony with oversized buttons, as I think many older folks would use them, provided they had a tech savvy relative to program it and teach how to use. It might not work in your specific case DaMulta, but for my grandmother it was perfect.

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    All being controlled as if it was a single device.

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