high power TVBGone


[Ladyada]‘s been busy lately. [bladdo] wrote in to tell me that she put together an extra powerful kit version of the TVBgone. This one’s supposed to be good for over 100 feet. If you really, really want to get your ass kicked during the super bowl, this baby in a sports bar should do the trick. There’s an optional programming header, so you could program it to turn every TV onto the SciFi channel.

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Comments

  1. alex mccown says:

    its a bit old
    u can also replace the ir led of a ninja remote with a transistor and have that trigger like 50 ir leds and have a fucken huge one

  2. Wolf says:

    Wonder why she recommends putting the tinted LED’s in the center?

  3. Wolf says:

    to #1, why not go with one ultra bright and focusing lenses. Top it off with a stock and a scope and you’d have your very own TV-B-Gone sniper rifle.

  4. barry99705 says:

    Give it a timer function. That way you can set it to fire every 5 minutes or so. You can conveniently be in the bathroom when it goes off, thereby keeping said ass from being kicked at the sports bar.

  5. ladyada says:

    the blue IR LEDs are narrow angle, the clear ones are wide angle.

  6. deathwombat says:

    tvbgone grenade anyone?

  7. TheKhakinator says:

    @3: I’d have it so that it detects rising sound levels in the bar. Why? Because people yell when it starts getting exciting. It detects an elevated sound level (people yelling corresponds with an exciting bit) and fires, turning the TV off at crucial moments!

  8. TX297 says:

    You’re all sadistic bastards. I love it.

  9. alex mccown says:

    to #3 irleds can be as cheep as $0.25 a peace adding a small focus over the whole rig is a good way to get more distance but you shouldent half to go out of ur way to get some expensive glass rig made and you dont need to aim it

  10. elwarren says:

    I’m waiting for someone to write a Palm or WindowsMobile version of this. It’s just a for loop to go thru all the different off-codes…

  11. Ronald_55 says:

    What I would do is build this kit into a dummy or old cell phone. Put the button on the keypad, so you can descretly “dial” your phone and off the tv goes. You could hide the leds on the side so it was less noticable. Also an older cell phone should have room to put the batteries around, or you might be able to sponge off the cell battery itself.

  12. Clark says:

    this is great for pissing off neighbors!

  13. Miles says:

    I wonder if an SMD version LED throwie model would work?

    You could conceivably get in position to switch off lots of TV’s (Not in a department store :), or maybe you are evil) every 10/15 minutes :D, and it should last a couple days at least, shouldn’t it?

  14. MasterBlaster says:

    Who run bartertown…?

  15. srilyk says:

    Heh… If you had either a specific timer, or an audio monitor… it would really be easy to just plop it in a bar somewhere in view of the TV and leave it there for a while. For instance – house it in a nice bit of project housing and put some double sided sticky on it and put it under a table pointed at the TVs. Another option, if the tables have decorations, make it “become” part of the decorations… I’m sure there are all sorts of fun things you could do with this and a little creativity!

  16. one-sadistic-sonofa says:

    OK, neighbor askes you to feed the dog while he is out of town… just remove the led, soldier it directly onto the led reciever inside the tv. get the power from the tv instead of batteries. have it set to go off every 20 minutes. ^^
    bam! neigbor comes home… tv keeps shutting off… (it wouldnt turn it back on b/c it only has pwer when tv is on) so he doesnt realize its a prank… puts it on the side of the road.. free 60″ hdtv!!

    this is unethical–be a bastard at own initiative… this is for prank reasons only… any tv selling you do is your own business and in no way related to this comment. (so i cannot be blamed)

  17. Matthew says:

    Anyone know of a way to modify this to mute instead of power off?

  18. JRo says:

    @17, You’d have to know the IR codes for all the TVs for muting then reprogram the microprocessor. Check out http://www.ladyada.net/forums/ under the TV-B-Gone section.

    I bought one of these and it works very well btw.

  19. Diego Macias says:

    man this thing rocks first of all and second why the hell doesnt everybody else have one

    i work in a mall where there are a ton of stores well on my break i took a stroll and was turning tvs off everywhere including gamestop which was my favorite because some little kids were playing the demo thing and i kept turning the tv on and off messing with them hahahahahahahahaha i highly recommend this to everybody even if its not this one any one its just plain fun!^_^

  20. louis says:

    i built a small version of this into an old mobil phone and used a smal telescopic sight aswell to increase the range. works very well, the botton is the center button of the phone

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