Santa€™s perfect consumer gadget


Christmas is coming - and rather than getting fat, the goose is getting excited about consumer IT.

There’s nothing quite like getting a new gadget from Santa, whether it’s a gaming system, MP3 player or high-tech camera phone.

The theory of convergence would suggest your exciting Christmas toy is likely to be a combination of all of the above – gaming, music, video and mobility.

But while your converged device might seem exciting on Christmas Day, the endless amount of unused applications is likely to weigh down on your enjoyment in the cold light of the New Year.

So beyond the tinsel and trimmings of all-singing and all-dancing device, what add-on extra would really create the most useful gadget from Santa?

Well, Christmas is a time for eating copious amounts of food with the family - and, of course, watching endless amounts of television.

Under those circumstances, what could be more useful than a mobile phone with a built-in remote control for the TV?

You and your family are likely to spend the week-or-so after Christmas Day camped around the goggle box, watching endless re-runs of Morecambe and Wise.

It is a universal role understood and accepted by all men that remote controls are always lost, especially when you need to change channel.

That state of affairs is completely opposite in the case of your mobile phone, which can usually be found at a moment’s notice and is often in your pocket.

Having a converged phone and remote control allows you to cut out the middleman and cut out the Morecambe and Wise.

What’s more, bringing the two together should be simple. The technology doesn’t have to be flashy - most phones could easily add infrared remote control capability.

And if you want to get flashy, take a look at Sony’s patent for a converged device that changes TV channels here .

See, the smart minds are already thinking about how to bring the UK’s two most useful technologies together. Have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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