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We Need a Like/Dislike Fob

If I enjoy a song on Pandora, why can't I just reach into my pocket and hit the LIKE button?


Julie Jacobson · September 20, 2011

Pandora is all the rage, and virtually every respectable home-control and A/V system offers the streaming service. Some even let users LIKE and DISLIKE tunes using a touchscreen display, keypad or handheld remote with a TV interface.

But who sits in front of any of these devices when they’re scurrying about the house listening to Internet radio?

What this industry needs is a simple keyfob—like what every security manufacturer gives us—that can be tucked into your pockets or scattered throughout the home for when a LIKE/DISLIKE emergency arises.

A couple of recessed auxiliary buttons would be included to initiate other activities, such as MUTE or LIGHTS ON.

It doesn’t seem all that difficult to accomplish.

Anyone?



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  About the Author

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at julie.jacobson@emeraldexpo.com

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