So you’ve got an HDTV. And a TiVo. And a surround system. And a, well, you get the idea — you’ve got a lot of devices, and they all have a different remote. Instead of fighting a losing battle with them, replace them with the Harmony 880 Universal Remote from Logitech ($240). It features a color LCD screen, an activity based control scheme, controls for TiVo and DVRs, and a built-in rechargeable battery with a recharging dock. It’s so simple, even the oldest member of the family can figure it out — as long as they aren’t senile and think it’s a hot dog or something.
Aristarkh Chernyshev must have been having quite a good time when he developed the idea for the TeleBlaster, but we’re glad he did. The TeleBlaster ($2000) is kind of tiny for a real TV — the screen is only seven inches — but the set can distort the picture both by changing colors and by stretching the image. Of course, if you want to put yourself through the same torture, there is a camera built-in — so you can watch your house-guests get stretched and squeezed like they were at a taffy factory.