Couch potatoes will be able to do more than just channel surf with their remote if this patent comes to fruition. It's Sony Ericsson's blueprint for a cell phone/universal remote combo. The mobile will have a touch-screen display and come with pre-programmed interfaces for various components. To add extra functionality, you'd simply download additional interfaces. Personally it's not a gadget I'm dying for, but the concept sounds cool and might make it easier to find your remote when it's lost underneath your couch.
Sony Ericsson's Mobile Phone/Universal Remote Control [Unwired View]