One Remote Control to Rule Them All

TV is Evolving. Yes, the screens are getting thinner, but the real evolution is the content. Beautifully thin flat screens with streaming internet are making television increasingly personal. The challenge of having all this content to choose from is how to harness it. You need a remote for the TV, a keyboard and mouse for the internet, and a controller for gaming. Toggle delivers a touch experience without a touch screen. Points on the remote’s surface are mapped to specific keys and functions. But here’s the twist.

To tame all the content piped into a connected TV, Toggle puts you in control with four modes. You shift (or toggle) between modes by sliding the top slice of the device left, right, up, or down. In the center or off position, the Toggle wordmark peeks through. While holding the device horizontally, shift up for a QWERTY keyboard. Shift down to a touchpad primed for two-thumbed or multi-finger use. Shift right for casual gaming. Shift left and spins 90 degrees for a kicked-back, one-handed surfing experience. Type, Surf, Move, or Play, with Toggle, the mode you need is just a quick shift away.

The top half of Toggle includes a masked grid which reveals different interfaces when shifted into the different positions. Shifts are accomplished via sliding tracks in the four corners of the bottom half. Each mode is only a four millimeter shift from the home position. “The motion is based on how you hold it, so it’s very natural,” says Bristol. “There’s an appealing fiddle-factor, but there’s also something nice about having this combination of physical interaction with a familiar touch interface.”

The keyboard and touchpad are paired to make it easy to shift back-and-forth between text entry and navigation. The exposed graphics are backlit with side-firing LEDs for use in dim lighting.

Looking toward the Future. The Toggle concept was developed through Carbon’s Passion Project program in which team members are allowed to explore promising ideas. “Toggle offers an incredibly innovative way to create multi-mode interactions without a lot of cost or effort incurred,” says Dan Blase, Carbon’s president.

“We’d love to discuss opportunities to develop Toggle further.” Who’s in???

Designer: Carbon Design Group

10 Comments

  • dimitri says:

    dumb design. remotes need physical buttons so you can use them in the dark. a light-up remote ruins the darkness in the room.

  • Thats the wonderful. How much money is that?

  • Thanks.

    How much money is that?

  • Mr Puma says:

    I guess every remote in the world that has a backlight should never have been made. Also, have you ever used an iphone/ipad/ or any touch based smart phone?
    Even my most familiar remotes still need to be seen so I can turn up the volume or change the channel.

  • Chris192 says:

    Well I like it. I would buy it if the price was right. but i don’t think i could justify spending a huge amount just on a remote control. Like the concept though. Just out of curiosity dose it work on Infrared or Bluetooth? because infrared needs to be pointed at the screen, and this is designed to be held in different positions. and not many devices are able to use Bluetooth.

  • James says:

    As a concept, it is nice and has some nifty features but as someone who has done concept remote controls and looked extensively into what works and what doesn’t in reality ie everyday use, this wouldn’t be that nice to use.

    Probably what you’re not thinking about Mr Puma, is that with things like smart phones, portable game devices, ipads and such, those are things primary purpose is to be looked at. So a remote control should not be classed into the same way as those gadgets. You don’t look at the remote, you look at the tv when changing channels, turning the volume up etc even with sophisticated tvs.

    I never look at the control box when using my tv, you know the buttons instinctively and never need to use them, it would be more of a hassle when using it in the dark as dimitri said without physical buttons.

    As I say, it’s a lovely concept design that will attract people’s imagination as its functions and appearance are to mimic smart phones which people love. But the gaming aspect, keyboard function, backlit no physical button elements are just not practical. There are a bunch of other design flaws that would be immediately be apparent upon use. Remote controls don’t need to be the clunky horrible things they are now, but not the touch screen overly smart device like this; designers should try to find a happy medium.

  • Joseph Dumary says:

    Man Respect..This is a good good idea..hopefully they realize that.

  • Kit says:

    I prefer that one that’s like a bracelet shaped thingy. Looks like it’d fit better in the hand.

  • Cool Grandstream!!

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