Paging system for your TV remote

[Matt] brought together a TV remote and cordless phone to add a locator system to the remote control. One of the best features of a cordless phone is the pager button on the base. When you press it the handset beeps until found. Matt gutted one and got rid of the unnecessary parts. He then cracked open his TV remote housing and inserted the telephone handset’s circuit board, speaker, and battery. The base station is used just like normal to locate the phone/remote combo, and has been modified with a charging cable to top-off the telephone battery which powers everything in the newly hacked unit. [Matt's] demonstration video is embedded after the break.

It’s too bad that he got rid of the microphone. It would be interesting to take calls on this thing.

Comments

  1. bluewraith says:

    Would have been nicer if he had used the original contacts for charging, instead of of the plug in wire.
    A small NC switch could power cycle the remote in order to silence the pager.

  2. Troll_Dragon says:

    Dollar store key locator… smaller and you just need to whistle :)

    You know how to whistle don’t you?

    Good hack none the less.

  3. Chad says:

    Combining the charging would’ve been the way to go. Combining both devices completely would be even better. “Hold on a sec, I’ve gotta flip over to Glee.”

    How difficult would it be to craft a single board from both the remote and the phone? Using the phone cradle to charge a remote/phone would just be nice.

  4. Spork says:

    My bet is that the remote didn’t lend it self the opportunity to use the phone’s base. (i.e. it wasn’t the right size)

    Phone in remote-> interesting idea.
    Remote in phone-> terrible idea.

  5. mick says:

    iv been doing this for years. but i didint use a coardless phone (overkill anyone?) i had a key pager that beeps by the press of a button on the base station (you can have upto 6 pagers too) and it runs off of 3v coin cell so i didint even need to make a charging circuit, just wire it upto the original battery connectors of the remote

  6. nizon says:

    Keep the phone functions :D

  7. Brennan says:

    @Spork

    I don’t think “Phone in remote” is an interesting idea because the odds you will have a cell phone in your pocket or immediately nearby are extremely high. I don’t see the advantage. But then again, I haven’t had a landline phone in years.

  8. biozz says:

    my mom bought me these little key chain beeper things … it came in a pack of 6 i put one on my remote once on my keys and one in my wallet and when you press a button on the base station the one that you press beeps

    problem was it used a high pitch peso so it was hard to tell the difference between the beep and an echo

  9. Dr. Tongue says:

    Perhaps someone could mod an iPhone/Android with an infrared transmitter? It would be hard to make it look decent, but it could be nice to use your phone as a backup remote.

  10. Bodie says:

    The first TV my wife and I bought togerther (circa 1995) was a Zenith that had that feature built into the remote. There was a “Locate Remote” button on the TV. It helped us on more than a few occasions.

  11. MB says:

    palm phones with infrared have tv remote sofware just donwnload it and you have a remote in your phone which is always in your pocket

  12. bluewraith says:

    @Dr. Tongue
    They already have existing add-ons for the iPhone that do just that. Unfortunately, since it mounts to the bottom of phone in the charge/data port, you have to hold the phone backwards to use it.

  13. Th3_uN1Qu3 says:

    @ MB: There is also irRemote for Symbian phones. I used it to control my VCR and a CD player which i could never find remotes for.

  14. Gilbert Wham says:

    I just tie mine to the leg of the coffee-table with string.

  15. NekoHunter says:

    @Dr. Tongue
    I remember using remote control software some time ago on Palm and Windows Mobile phones. Considering that the IR comms port went the way of the dinosaur in favor of Bluetooth, maybe a Bluetooth-IR adapter would be the way to go for such a project.

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