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Control A Cat remote

Posted in Humor by Conner Flynn on February 12th, 2009

Control A Cat remoteA remote control for your cat. No batteries are required as it’s powered by positive thinking. Just point it at your cat, press some buttons on the remote and hope for the best.

Some of the buttons include “Stop Scratching”, “Show Affection”, “Remain Aloof”, “Meow”and others. Your cat will be doing what you command it to in no time. Only $7. The “Fur Ball” button is loads of fun.

Amulet launches voice-activated remote

Posted in Remotes by Conner Flynn on January 12th, 2009

Amulet launches voice-activated remoteIf you have been talking to your remote lately, you’ve probably noticed that it doesn’t listen to you. Which is annoying. The Amulet Remote is like a girlfriend/bartender/therapist in that it will actually listen to your non-stop drivel and won’t judge you for the maniac you undoubtedly are.

It was designed specifically for Vista Media Center but is probably adaptable to other setups. It’s essentially a voice-activated controller that lets users record a series, watch a recorded show, skip to a new playlist or queue up a photo slideshow just by talking to it. The built-in microphone is there for you in good times and bad. During the good times you’ll talk sweet to it. During the bad you’ll yell at that $%@# and tell it that it better record your show or else. Check out a video below.

Logitech Harmony 1100 Universal Remote

Posted in Logitech by Conner Flynn on January 6th, 2009

Logitech Harmony 1100 Universal RemoteThe Harmony 1100 is showing itself off in Las Vegas, and the main selling point is the customizable, 3.5-inch QVGA full-color touchscreen. Buttons are so last century. You push them, sometimes they click, sometimes they don’t. Touching a panel is so much more sexy to up your volume and change channels.

It’s a good looking device. The unit features a rechargeable battery and RF capabilities, and a guided online setup makes programming simple. You want one don’t you? Sorry. It’s not shipping to the US and Europe until next month, when it will cost you $499.99.

PS3 Keyboard Remote

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2008

PS3 Keyboard RemoteMany users find Sony’s Blu-ray remote for the PS3 to be rather boring. And though this generic version looks awkward, this 3-in-1 solution looks much better then the original. The 3-in-1 Wireless Keyboard is mainly a Blu-ray remote, but it’s also a slider, with a full QWERTY. Looks like it even packs in dual analog sticks.

This keyboard could make all of the text entry a lot more convenient. Even more convenient than Sony’s own wireless QWERTY option. It’s worth it for the dual analogs alone.

ASUS intros keyboard / mouse remote for Eee Box

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on December 27th, 2008

ASUS intros keyboard / mouse remote for Eee BoxYour Eee Box experience is missing one key ingredient isn’t it? A branded keyboard/mouse/remote. According to Eee PC News, ASUS is getting ready to ship an Eee-branded wireless keyboard / mouse combo in black and white.

That should be good news for Eee users. The multi-function remote should handle all of your media center duties easily. There’s no word yet on a price or release date, so we unfortunately, you’ll have to wait to find out.

Philips Universal Remote Prestigo SRT9320 gets a touchscreen

Posted in Philips by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2008

Philips Universal Remote Prestigo SRT9320 gets a touchscreenIf you want to eliminate the need for multiple remote control units, Philips has updated their Prestigo Universal remote line-up with the SRT 9320 that features a 2.8-inch touchscreen LCD screen mixed with hard buttons. It’s a looker. The SRT9320 can control up to 20 devices and is completely programmable to enable multi-devices macro and learning modes.

It comes with a USB port for software updates, but the device can be programmed directly without the need of software apps. The touchscreen LCD can display your favorite channels and customized commands. Sadly, the Prestigo doesn’t come with a cradle or charger docking station and it lacks advanced RF capabilities.

Strange Panasonic gel remote

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on December 16th, 2008

Strange Panasonic gel remoteThis may be the strangest remote control we’ve ever seen. With the push of a button, this remote becomes rigid and ready for use. Umm, ok. Just what was Panasonic thinking when they designed this one?

When it’s not in use, this concept remote just sort of lays there limp, pulsating with light. But when you touch it, the remote gets excited and becomes rigid. Rigid and ready to be used in a wide variety of ways, that I won’t go into here. My guess is that some other company will market stiffness pills for it, so it can remain rigid longer and if it’s rigid for more then four hours, you’ll have to call for help.

Retro TV Game Show Alarm Clock with remote

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on November 4th, 2008

Retro TV Game Show Alarm Clock with remoteThis old school retro TV looking thing is actually an alarm clock that will wake you up with classic game show themes and color changing text patterns. Luckily it includes a remote so you can shut it off quickly. It doesn’t say which game show themes it plays, but rest assured they are going to be annoying.

Just imagine waking up to the Price Is Right theme. Or not waking up and having that music influence your dreams. You’d be stuck in a nightmare gameshow void. “Come on down! You’re the next contestant on ‘Let’s Wake Up To a Crap-gadget’.” No whammies. No Whammies. Stop! I’d like to buy a vowel. I’ll take “Really pissed off and not ready for work” for $600 Alex. And so on.

Star Wars TV/DVD with Lightsaber remote

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on October 23rd, 2008

Star Wars TV/DVD with Lightsaber remoteOpen letter to George Lucas: Please get a new hobby. Indy is just recovering from your brutal raping of him as you prepare to do it again in Indy V. You raped a Sarlacc Pitt sized hole in the Star Wars universe with Jar-Jar alone. And the merchandise that you approve gets crappier by the day. This Star Wars TV/DVD with Lightsaber Remote is a cheap plastic piece of turd that makes me feel sad. Even the lightsaber remote doesn’t help it. Please George, take up poker or backgammon, maybe bowling. We have suffered enough.

Outel wireless USB remote control

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on September 14th, 2008

Outel wireless USB remote controlIf you bought a laptop that doesn’t have a nifty remote control, the Outel Wireless USB Laptop Remote Control is a nice solution. It fits inside your laptop’s PCMCIA slot and will deliver full wireless remote control functionality. Just pop it out of the slot, plug the dongle into the USB port and you’re good to go. Great for controlling your music, video playback and other multimedia jazz from up to 30m away.

The best part has nothing to do with your laptop however. It’s all the fun you and your cat will have playing with the integrated laser pointer. It will cost you £15.59 and your cat will thank you, by chasing the pretty light and getting some exercise, while you sit and gain weight while using your remote.

Eizo may be the coolest remote/mouse ever

Posted in Remotes by Conner Flynn on September 13th, 2008

Eizo may be the coolest remote/mouse everThe Eizo C@T-one from Nanao Japan is a roundish mouse that also doubles as a TV remote. The wireless mouse works on the 2.4Ghz frequency, has a scroll wheel and an optical sensor which turns off automatically after 30 minutes in order to save power. It also sports a tilt sensor similar to the iPhone, so that when you tilt the mouse it activates the remote control.

It’s got all of your typical controls like power on/off, channel and volume control, mute etc. The device is powered by AA batteries which supposedly last for 3 months. The USB receiver is about the size of a pen drive and it’s compatible with Mac and Windows. Currently it’s available in Japan only for about $ 125.

Entertrainer gets you in shape with punishment

Posted in Exercise Gadgets by Conner Flynn on September 9th, 2008

Entertrainer gets you in shape with punishmentThis device is like a 12 sided nerd die with a drill instructor inside. So, maybe a drill instructor mage, tired of your fat dwarf ass. Time to level down pudgy. The idea is that you only get to watch the television when you work out. Because you are a couch potato. If you don’t work hard enough, the TV gets turned off.

The heart rate monitor keeps a check on the heartbeat, and when there is any sign of slack, the TV volume is decreased 20%, and any further slacking will lead to punishment. This motivational device is priced at $39.95. This would be awesome for those fat guys who watch football. They won’t want to miss their game so they are quite motivated to work off that beer belly.

Gyration Music Remote controlls PC and home theater gear

Posted in Accessories by Shane McGlaun on September 9th, 2008

Gyration Music RemoteIf there is one common truth with home theaters — other than lots of wires — it’s the multiple remotes that come along with them. You need one remote to change the TV channel, one to control the volume on your amp and one to control your HTPC or DVD player. It’s enough to blow the minds of many home theater users.

One of the items most home theater owners buy quickly is a universal remote control to eliminate the hoard of remotes sitting on the table. Gyration has introduced a new universal remote called the Air Music Remote with MotionSense that goes one-step further than the typical universal remote.

Kohler C3 Toilet Seat Bidet with remote

Posted in Bath by Conner Flynn on August 21st, 2008

Kohler C3 Toilet Seat Bidet with remote
This kind of high tech toiletry has been popular for some time in Japan. Now Kohler is bringing it to the U.S. The Kohler C3 seems like a futuristic butt washing odyssey. I mean, a toilet seat that has it’s own remote? That’s right. Kohler’s bidet technology is built into a toilet seat that attaches to your existing toilet. What you get is a temperature controlled, aromatic cleansing that almost eliminates the need for toilet paper. Almost.

It’s very customizable and comes with two programmable presets that can accommodate two separate users of different sizes. Everything is controlled with a wireless remote that sports it’s own magnetic holder that keeps it on the wall. It should be noted that though it’s a receptacle for waste, it wont waste energy as the in-line heater warms the water on an as-needed basis. Another green bonus is that you will be using far less toilet paper, which will save a tree or two. What do you think? Ready for a high-tech ride on a magic seat? It will cost you $950.

RC sweeper mop makes cleaning fun

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on July 28th, 2008

RC sweeper mop makes cleaning fun
Over at Evil Mad Scientist there is an easy DIY project that will make cleaning fun and better yet, it might encourage your slacker kids to help out a little. Hit the link if you want to see how simple it is.

Basically an unprinted circuit board is attached to an RC car of your choice which is used to mount a dust mop. After that it’s just cleaning and play. This has to be dirt cheap to produce in a factory. Remote controlled cleaning would sell a bunch of cleaning supplies. They got everyone to buy swiffers after all. Check out the video below.