The humble remote control sits in almost every living room, yet doesn’t command much status. The EPFL+ECAL Lab exhibition offers alternatives that renew our relationship to digital media.
Sixty years after its creation under the name, “Lazy Bones,” the remote control is still perceived as a collection of buttons on a block of plastic. It hasn’t acquired much status even though it sits in almost every living room and constitutes a vital link between our bodies and the digital world. Could the remote control be elevated and innovated? Could it be button free, include a touch pad, or integrate with household items? Lazy Bytes is the result of this exploration.
As part of its ongoing effort to renew our relationship with the digital world, the EPFL+ECAL Lab collaborated with the Kudelski Group to invite four major design schools to participate in Lazy Bytes: the Royal College of Art in London, ENSCI-Les Ateliers de Paris, Parsons The New School for Design in New York, and the ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne, Switzerland.
The works in exhibit do not seek to replace current remote controls, but rather to offer alternatives that reduce the stress associated with user interface, simplify but not over simplify, and suggest interfaces that are optimal for multiple generations of users. Read more about the project in Wallpaper.
With introductions from Nicolas Henchoz and Yves Behar.