Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th May 2007 17:37 UTC
Geek stuff, sci-fi... "Ever since the remote control's co-inventor Robert Adler passed away [in March], I've wanted to own one of the first remote controls. After trolling through eBay every now and then, I finally have in my hands a piece of the history of the button. But there's a mystery: which piece?" Entertainingly written piece on the world's first remote controls. I totally enjoy the simplicity of the ultrasonic remote: "All these early remotes are purely mechanical. No batteries at all. When you push the button, a small hammer strikes an aluminum rod, triggering a sound above our hearing range that's picked up by the TV. Each rod is a different length, thus a different frequency, thus distinguishable by the TV." Brilliant.
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Energy independence
by halfmanhalfamazing on Tue 15th May 2007 18:05 UTC
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They should bring back the battery-less remote.

It's funny, I hear this will save energy..... that will save energy.........

I think it's all gone into the realm of ludicrousness but what the heck! You know, valentines day flowers cause GW, so do cows. Let's work on the TV remote next!

Someone should commission a study. How much energy would be saved if only we had self sufficient TV remotes!

Edited 2007-05-15 18:06

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