Idea #2: ImplementedPosted: March 16, 2010
I’m happy to let you know that the remote sans-IR idea has been more or less implemented. I’m a bit embarrassed to let you know that it was implemented before I posted it. Check it out at the link to a Wired.com article about how remotes are slowly but surely shifting towards an RF transmission system, which easily travels through cabinets and the like.
It turns out that this exact idea is already a product, released circa 2005. Kudos to the inventors for avoiding my attention for at least five years.
This post refers to Idea #2