Are you struggling with a multiremote system at home? Do you wish you could control your television, DVR and DVD player with one single remote that wouldn't be a pain to program? Do you think that remote should be your iPhone?
Then get psyched: On Thursday Patently Apple turned up a patent filed by Apple that shows the company is hard at work designing the remote control of your dreams.
Apple's patent, which the company filed in the third quarter of 2010, would allow you to take a picture of an existing piece of electronic equipment — your television for example, and send it to the iCloud, where Apple would determine the type of device you want to control as well as the make and the model of that device.
Once it identified the device, Apple would obtain the IR codes for the existing remote control, test the IR codes, and then program a universal remote control — providing virtual buttons corresponding to the functionality of the old remote control, presumably on your iPhone or iPad.