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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RE[2]: Magic
by dimosd on Tue 15th May 2007 21:37 UTC in reply to "RE: Magic"
dimosd
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2006-02-10

We discovered that if we dropped our keyrings on the hardwood floor in just the right way, we could make it change channels without the hand-held remote.

Damn hackers :-)

Edited 2007-05-15 21:38

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