Remote Control Mods for Grandparents [PIC]

We all know that conventional remotes usually confuse elderly people, right? If you really want to make things easier for them, here’s a simple hack you can do which should help them considerably.

[Via DivineCaroline | TechEblog]

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25 Responses to Remote Control Mods for Grandparents [PIC]

  1. I know a better hack. Let's not treat our grandparents as if they're victims of advanced Alzheimers, and instead show them what it's all about. It'll be more fun than this stupid and quite frankly demeaning remote "improvement".

    • I'm over 40 and while I'm not the victim of Alzheimers, I do have trouble with the multitude of buttons on your average remote control. Not to mention that most TVs and entertainment systems each have their OWN and you have to learn ALL of them! It's nuts!

      I don't think this is as demeaning as it would be helpful… and I don't say that as someone laughing at old folks… I say that as someone who would friggin' USE this MYSELF! LOL!

  2. I know a better hack. Let’s not treat our grandparents as if they’re victims of advanced Alzheimers, and instead show them what it’s all about. It’ll be more fun than this stupid and quite frankly demeaning remote “improvement”.

    • I’m over 40 and while I’m not the victim of Alzheimers, I do have trouble with the multitude of buttons on your average remote control. Not to mention that most TVs and entertainment systems each have their OWN and you have to learn ALL of them! It’s nuts!

      I don’t think this is as demeaning as it would be helpful… and I don’t say that as someone laughing at old folks… I say that as someone who would friggin’ USE this MYSELF! LOL!

    • I’m over 40 and while I’m not the victim of Alzheimers, I do have trouble with the multitude of buttons on your average remote control. Not to mention that most TVs and entertainment systems each have their OWN and you have to learn ALL of them! It’s nuts!

      I don’t think this is as demeaning as it would be helpful… and I don’t say that as someone laughing at old folks… I say that as someone who would friggin’ USE this MYSELF! LOL!

    • Sad fact of life is, they just don't f'ing want to know. You know how many times I've been told to just tell them what buttons to push? They're victims of their own damn ignorance… really it makes me sick.

  3. I personally find this to be pretty mean. My Grandmother is in her 80s and she has no problem at all with the remotes to her TV, DVD player, etc.

    • I invite you to my mother's home to watch her flip through 500 channels one at a time for an hour, then I welcome you to go every day, every week, there after, and continue to explain the same instruction over, and over for all the rest of our lives.

      Then, maybe you'll understand the relevance, and the repeated redundancy in pointlessness.

  4. I personally find this to be pretty mean. My Grandmother is in her 80s and she has no problem at all with the remotes to her TV, DVD player, etc.

    • I invite you to my mother’s home to watch her flip through 500 channels one at a time for an hour, then I welcome you to go every day, every week, there after, and continue to explain the same instruction over, and over for all the rest of our lives.

      Then, maybe you’ll understand the relevance, and the repeated redundancy in pointlessness.

  5. I personally find this to be pretty mean. My Grandmother is in her 80s and she has no problem at all with the remotes to her TV, DVD player, etc.

  6. I personally find this to be pretty mean. My Grandmother is in her 80s and she has no problem at all with the remotes to her TV, DVD player, etc.

  7. Okay commenters. Let's come to grips with the fact that the old people of today have varying level of technological expertise. Just as not every child can program Java, not every old person can program their VCR. I've met older individuals that I WISH to someday be as smart as, but for every one of those there are 3 people that need instructions on how to start that DVD they rented from "the Netflix".

    MY OWN GENERALIZATION: the only difference I've really seen is that some old people do NOT find it as fun as I do to tinker. They don't want to press buttons randomly until something works, or go look it up online.

    Now we just have to wonder what the technology will be that the current generation will not get. "Geez grandpa, it's 2050 already! I downloaded the manual to the microchip in your brain for you. Why won't you access it like I taught you instead of calling me over for every little problem?"

  8. Okay commenters. Let’s come to grips with the fact that the old people of today have varying level of technological expertise. Just as not every child can program Java, not every old person can program their VCR. I’ve met older individuals that I WISH to someday be as smart as, but for every one of those there are 3 people that need instructions on how to start that DVD they rented from “the Netflix”.

    MY OWN GENERALIZATION: the only difference I’ve really seen is that some old people do NOT find it as fun as I do to tinker. They don’t want to press buttons randomly until something works, or go look it up online.

    Now we just have to wonder what the technology will be that the current generation will not get. “Geez grandpa, it’s 2050 already! I downloaded the manual to the microchip in your brain for you. Why won’t you access it like I taught you instead of calling me over for every little problem?”

  9. There's 500 channels and my mom, who is in tech denial still doesn't know how to use the 'guide' button to scroll the channel menu.

    Very annoying watching her press the + channel one channel at a time for her to finally say after 20 minutes " I can't find anything".

    Unfortunately making 1 of these to explain the menu scroll would still be too complex a set of instructions.

  10. There’s 500 channels and my mom, who is in tech denial still doesn’t know how to use the ‘guide’ button to scroll the channel menu.

    Very annoying watching her press the + channel one channel at a time for her to finally say after 20 minutes ” I can’t find anything”.

    Unfortunately making 1 of these to explain the menu scroll would still be too complex a set of instructions.

  11. Another problem with the covered buttons: Out of sight – out of Mind.

    Elderly people sometimes have shaky hands or other health problems, causing them to fumble with remotes or gripping them awkwardly.

    How easy to grab such a "simplified" Remote, accidentally depressing one of the buttons under the paper, and witnessing in terror as the device to be controlled starts doing unintended things with no seemingly cause and having no way to revert whatever happens (that may require pressing another of the covered buttons)

    • well the proper way to do this would be to take apart the remote and put tape over the contacts under the buttons your grandparents don't want/need.

  12. Another problem with the covered buttons: Out of sight – out of Mind.

    Elderly people sometimes have shaky hands or other health problems, causing them to fumble with remotes or gripping them awkwardly.
    How easy to grab such a “simplified” Remote, accidentally depressing one of the buttons under the paper, and witnessing in terror as the device to be controlled starts doing unintended things with no seemingly cause and having no way to revert whatever happens (that may require pressing another of the covered buttons)

    • well the proper way to do this would be to take apart the remote and put tape over the contacts under the buttons your grandparents don’t want/need.

  13. Geez people, take a f!@#ing joke, I seriously doubt anyone is going to tape a piece of paper on their remote… All you people saying its demeaning, get a sense of humor or gtfo.

  14. my grandmother does perfectly well with tv,video, satalite and dvd player remotes and knows exactly what she is doing at the age of 89 , i think its down to the person on how well they grasp techy stuff today as i know me at 34 needs things explaining a lot more than i used to with all the gadgets around today

  15. I'm 28/f and I'd love a remote like this. I can build my own computer and all sorts of techy things but I still walk up to my tv and push the power button. The tv is also my monitor and I just use the buttons on the tv instead of the remote. I love this idea.

    It's just a fun joke. Why are people getting so offended? If the remote was styled for men and the buttons were labeled ESPN 1, 2, and 3 and Spike it would still be funny but you spoil sports can't just sit back and enjoy a little chuckle? Get a grip.