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remote with tactile switches, NOT SILICONE RUBBER!

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Guest, May 3, 2007.

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  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    any know of a reliable company that makes remote controlers for tv/dvd/
    other media units that is actually made to survive beyond 1 or two years?
    the rubbery crap switches on OEM and "universal" types always get cruded up
    with hand oils, food oils, beverage, debris and require disassembly to
    clean. the carbob coating used to Make the contact wears out and the rubbery
    stuff usually ust breaks/tears/ or rips off when yanking the thing from out
    between the sofa cushions.

    the feel of most remotes are sloppy, gooshy, and provide the user wityh NO
    tactile feedback! when i want to click something i want to either HEAR a
    click or FEEL a click. at least i can slam the keys and get some reward for
    my effort rather than assuming the IR code has flashed across the room!

    wireless, those are just as crappy!

    custom people are willing to make anything, but i dont prefer paying as much
    for a remote as the original unit!

    or do these manufacturers think we all go out and buy NEW equipment every
    two or three years?? LOL!

    comments, observations, edicts??
  2. Gary Tait

    Gary Tait Guest

    None, for job manucaturers.

    You just choose a stock style, what buttons you want, and a what program
    you want on the chip, and they make it. At most they coulds use a custom
    PCB and front decal. They use the same case and keypad moulds for that
    Generally, properly treated, they work for quite a while. My remotes
    tend not to sufffer, and work for years.

    IF yuo want a remote with tect switches, yuo will have to make it
    yourself, or convince one of those manufacturers to tool up for them.
  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    ended up buying some small tactile switches from digikey, then carefully
    soldered to appropriate traces. very time consuming.

    i did have a few remotes that lasted 5-6 years, but they too began to
    require heavy finger pressure to operate. new bateries made no help.
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