A remote control is a hand-held device for controlling mechanisms across a varied distance, predating voice-command technology.
Jonathan Archer used to fly model spaceships by remote control with his father. (ENT: "Broken Bow", "Similitude")
B'Elanna Torres gave a television with a remote control to Tom Paris as a gift. Although she attempted to give the TV set a 1950s authenticity, remote controls were not available with TV sets until the early-1960s. (VOY: "Memorial")
Doctor McCoy and Ensign Nog operated neural stimulators by remote control to give motion to mindless bodies. (TOS: "Spock's Brain"; DS9: "The Magnificent Ferengi")
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