Universal remote could cause chaos

TV-B-Gone turns off tubes

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

TV-B-Gone Keychain Remote

JAMES BOND COULD REALLY USE ONE OF THESE IF THE WORLD WAS COMING TO AN END AND ALL YOU COULD WATCH WAS RE-RUNS OF THE SIMPLE LIFE. TV-B-Gone can turn off any television with the click of a button.

One button to rule them all â€" all the televisions, that is.

The TV-B-Gone, a keychain remote that can turn off any television, makes potential sabotage enticing. Though not exactly the remote featured in Adam Sandler’s movie Click, TV-B-Gone is still amusing.

With a simple nonviolent point-and-shoot, one can wreak havoc in a Future Shop television department. Those different TV models are beckoning to be silenced after days of showing the same rainforest footage.

One could even take things a step further, banding with others and turning off TVs in Future Shops across the country, creating national chaos that would penetrate the stock market and make insider trading all the more tempting.

The next-door neighbour whose TV schedule is more reliable than your clock always had it coming for never being neighbourly enough. With TV-B-Gone you can zap their TV through the living room window during the last five minutes of Lost and yell, “Who’s lost now, sucka!”

At the very least, if you’re falling asleep in front of the TV, you don’t have to get up to look for the remote; the keychain will already be at hand.

Unfortunately, the remote’s power is limited. Depending on the model, the TV must be within 20 to 50 feet for the off button to work with a wait time of up to 69 seconds. Patience is key, but the delay provides the opportunity to escape after turning off the entire TV store.

Also bear in mind that once you’ve turned the TV off, you don’t have the power to turn it back on. Nice try. But, somewhere out there, there’s probably a remote capable of only turning TVs on.

Two versions of TV-B-Gone are available: the regular version, which works on most sets, and the European version, which covers the snobby ones the other one won’t.

It weighs just 26 grams with its included lithium batteries. Depending on usage, the battery lifespan lasts between three and 12 months. Perhaps over that period you’ll think of better things to do with your time than turning off random televisions.

On the other hand, perhaps not.

The TV-B-Gone is available at Thinkgeek.com. The regular version is $15.99 US and the European version is $18.99 US.

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