In a country like South Africa that prefers watching TV during leisure time, Paul Putter a South African software engineer cum inventor is planning to unleash an innovation that would replace remote controls for appliances with a single laser gadget sometime next year, 2014.
Christened “Oneremote” Putter and his team are currently developing preliminary designs that show a sleek hand-held with merely two buttons in which a laser point guides users to the appliance of their choice. Thus, apart from controlling the TV, Audio Visual system and DVD player, the sleek gadget would be able to operate air conditioners, automated gates and doors to mention a few appliances.
According to Putter, universal remotes tend to lack simplicity, having several buttons. thus, his innovation resembles a mouse on a computer that could be pointed directly at the screen of a TV set or any other appliance that would detect where the gadget would be pointing.
As the Putter and his team research on the new innovation, they have turned to well wishers to help fund the project, thus raising over R40,000, reports say. However, he would require about R2 million to see his product on the market.