Can Ikea's new Uppleva system solve our collective television problem?
For too long we've been juggling too many remote controls, shoving unsightly tangles of electric cords behind bookshelves, and precariously stacking video game players on top of Blu-ray players on top of cable boxes.
It's not pretty. It's not convenient. And it's not easy.
But now Ikea has announced a new product designed to clear the clutter associated with watching television.
They call it Uppleva.
The Uppleva system is a cross between a television and a piece of furniture. Think of it as a television stand in which all the pieces of your television are built in. So the Blu-ray player, DVD player, CD player and speakers are hidden in the furniture, while a wireless subwoofer can be placed anywhere you want around the room.
All the components of the Uppleva can be operated via a single remote control, and the front of the furniture part of the system hiding the unsightly components still lets signals from your remote control through. So now you don't have to be able to see it, just to control it.