TeleMax III combines remote and phone
The TeleMax III device combines the idea of a universal TV remote control and a hands free phone that targets living rooms in homes all over the world. The final product would come in a sleek, compact, and easy to use package, featuring a virtually unbreakable body (which works great especially in homes that have little kids who seem to have a penchant of destroying just about every single fragile item in your house) that is tough against accidental spills as well. The TeleMax III is shaped like a small tray, complete with handles on both sides that give you an easy grip as you go about pressing all the individual buttons contained on it. Your comfort is not compromised as it was designed to be ergonomic in nature.
Designed by Australian company Tiller + Tiller, the TeleMax III features extremely large buttons that make it easy even for grandpa to use. These buttons are also pretty limited in number, and at first glance it looks as though you’re taking a couple of steps backwards on the technology front after being used to touchscreen based gizmos like the iPod Touch and iPhone. Nevertheless, there is good reason to limit the number of buttons on it, since the majority of us will only make use of the most common features, where obscure functions are accessed only by a limited few. Each button comes with raised black lettering that stands out well against a white illuminated background face, making it a snap for those with either visual or physical disability to see and use. Whenever there is an incoming call, the TV will automatically enter a mute mode. To make things easier, you can also program emergency numbers into the TeleMax III for instant access.
The TeleMax III is still in its prototype phase, and Tiller + Tiller are hoping to release a commercialized version within the next 18 months – hopefully it won’t fall too far behind the technological curve where remote controls are concerned by then.