Sixty years after its creation under the name, "Lazy Bones," the remote control is still perceived as a collection of buttons on a block of plastic. It hasn't acquired much status even though it sits in almost every living room and constitutes a vital link between our bodies and the digital world. Could the remote control be elevated and innovated? Could it be button free, include a touch pad, or integrate with household items? Lazy Bytes is the result of this exploration. As part of its ongoing effort to renew our relationship with the digital world, the EPFL+ECAL Lab collaborated with the Kudelski Group to invite four major design schools to participate in Lazy Bytes: the Royal College of Art in London, ENSCI-Les Ateliers de Paris, Parsons The New School for Design in New York, and the ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne, Switzerland. The works in exhibit do not seek to replace current remote controls, but rather to offer alternatives that reduce the stress associated with user interface, simplify but not over simplify, and suggest interfaces that are optimal for multiple generations of users. With introductions from Nicolas Henchoz and Yves Behar.
Yves is a design entrepreneur who believes that product, digital and brand design are cornerstones of any business. He is the founder of fuseproject, the San Francisco and New York based design and branding firm he established in 1999. He is also Chief Creative Officer at Jawbone, where for the last 11 years his products, brand and communications work has helped the company become a leader in wearable and audio consumer electronics. Behar is also the Creative Co-Founder of OUYA, an open sourced gaming platform, and is Co-founder of start-up August, a next generation home entry system.
Nick Fishwick, is currently Vice President of Innovation at the NAGRA Kudelski Group, where
he is responsible for managing innovation, prototyping and new technology initiatives, across Kudelski Group's multiple business divisions.
Nick has more than 16 years of experience in developing digital media solutions, starting at Panasonic Research Labs, moving to the London based Open Interactive (BiB) before joining OpenTV in 2001
and NAGRA Kudelski in 2010. Nicholas holds degrees in Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Heriot Watt respectively.
Nicolas Henchoz, founder of the EPFL+ECAL Lab in Lausanne, Switzerland, describes the motivation behind the Lazy Bytes project which seeks to reimagine the function and design of the ubiquitous remote control.