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Remote Control

A sophisticated new mathematical model takes the grunt work out of making... remote controls.

Ah, the lengths science will go, so we don't have to get off the sofa!

This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science.

And if YOU'RE barely keeping up with H-D-T-V, Blue Ray and the like, consider your beleaguered TV remote control.

Forget "Play, Rewind, and Stop." Today's remote controls are complex as Mission Control. Engineers must factor in sophisticated software, quick processing, and large memory capacity. Plus juggle multiple inputs and prevent data overload.

Oh: And the devices have to be hand-held, durable and CHEAP.

Houston, we have a problem.

Enter Dutch mathematician Alina Weffers-Albu of Eindhoven University. Her solution: A mathematical model JUST for designing remote controls.

Her model takes the blueprint of any remote control and then calculates how to make all of its components work together. And do it smoothly and efficiently.

The model is SO precise it eliminates the need to build mock-ups, which saves labor and time. That cuts down on the cost of the final product.

Now if I could only FIND my remote! Oh, for a team of Dutch SCIENTISTS to clean up my house--