A space where the remote control should be

They go back further than you might think, television remote controls. They’ve been around almost as long as we’ve had moving pictures in our homes. After all, no-one ever really enjoyed getting up and down from the sofa to change the channel.

Videocassette recorders

Once, it seemed, every home had one. Whether you opted for Betamax or VHS in the videotape format war, the rise of the machines was inexorable. You could tape something and watch it later. Magic!