Rework the Remote controller to Internet age?
So anyways, the story goes as follows. I do not watch much TV, and I was at the seaside for a week, disconnected from TV or internet. When I got home, I turned on the TV using remote, and tried to navigate through programs using that cross-buttons that all remotes feature nowadays.
However, I kept pressing Arrow Down in order to go to next channel, resulting in going from channel 1 to channel 0, then 99, then 98, etc …
At first I was thinking that remote is not working, so I tried again. Press Arrow Down – and again I got the wrong effect.
And then it hit me. Since I did not use remote for quite some time, my brain defaulted to the web way of navigation, where all the NEXT options are DOWN in the line, not up.
Think about it. All the lists are written so that the starting option is on the top, and next in line is below it. If you want to access next option in any menu, you must go down (or in case of tabs, right). When you come to think of it, everything we do that needs some sort of ordering or listing is done by putting first option on the top, and then next option goes below. Your shopping lists, your to-do lists, …
So, naturally, when I tried to access next channel in list, I pressed Arrow Down.
Furthermore, if you access your TV’s menu, where you have channel list, and when you are moving on that list, you select next channel by pressing Arrow Down. Pretty inconsistent I must say.
Channels in the TV menu:
My proposal? Rework the cross-buttons functions in this way:
- Arrow Up: volume up
- Arrow Down: volume down
- Arrow Right: next channel, you have a feeling that you are flipping book pages to the right
- Arrow Left: previous channel, flipping back
This would actually make more sense considering their function.