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Old 09-18-2009, 07:59 PM   #1
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Reader Device w/universal remote built-in?

I know that is out there as an idea, but what about adding a basic (or advanced, whatever works) multi-function IR universal remote ability to a reading device? I know not everyone might want or use it, but some read with the TV on or even to control your stereo while reading might be nice rather than keeping track of your remotes wherever you go..

I can use my OLD Clie nx73v as a universal remote via software and it's built-in IR port. So it can be done in a SMALL device. Plus the parts/components should be dead cheap for device makers.

The guts of these things are dead cheap and while room for the hardware might be an issue (I dunno) the remote side won't use much power and should only active when selected...

Anyway, just a thought at making the device more useful to some folks. ??
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Old 09-18-2009, 08:25 PM   #2
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I wouldn't like that at all. I don't even like paying for the mp3 player and the card readers that I'll never use in my PRS-600, so I wouldn't want to pay for the IR transmitter, either.

I wouldn't like having to jump out of my book to use the remote and then navigate back in to my book, either. But then, I don't like having multi-purpose devices anyway. My cell phone is a phone and messaging device only. I use my 600 for reading only. I use my iPod Touch for music (and apps - I'm addicted to apps!).
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Old 09-18-2009, 09:06 PM   #3
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I don't think that is a good idea. For me, I even never listen to music using my e-book reader.
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Old 09-18-2009, 10:54 PM   #4
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While I have on occasion "watched" TV while reading, I sure wouldn't want to combine a remote on my reader. Perhaps I should just say that I've had the TV on while reading.
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