Gadget of the Day – Genius 815

We’ve seen remotes that command higher prices than half the gear they control but Genius has just unveiled its latest touchscreen zapper, with a

We’ve seen remotes that command higher prices than half the gear they control but Genius has just unveiled its latest touchscreen zapper, with a modest price tag of £60.The 8-in-1 will seize command of your TV, PVR, DVD player, hi-fi, Blu-ray, HD DVD, er, electric curtains and, well, anything else with an infrared eye.The 'smart learning' means it can learn to programme your VCR with the aplomb of a precocious 12-year-old, just by pointing your old zapper at it and beaming the commands over. There's also flash memory on-board so it doesn't forget everything when the batteries die.The fiendishly complex action of Sky box programming is also no problem thanks to its Smart Macro for combining up to 16 commands in one caress of its backlit LCD. Guess that's why they call it a Genius.EssentialsGenius 815 remote controlPrice: £60On sale: NowContact: Ideal ComputingRelated stories:The everlasting remoteUniversally unchallenged by Logitech's remotesNew Sky remote makes life easy