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December 14, 2008

TV-B-Gone Version 2.0 — Sleeker, cheaper and still able to seize control


You may recall the kerfuffle some years back about TV-B-Gone, a nifty keychain-size device which let you remotely turn TVs on — and off.

Long story short: I bought one and it indeed worked as advertised, allowing me to wander through my local Circuit City (R.I.P.) and turn off all the TVs while everyone wondered what the heck was going on.

Version 1.0 is pictured below.



They've been busy out back in the skunk works and now comes a much nicer looking version (top) for 60% of the original's price.

Bonus: It also changes channels so you can switch the TV at the airport gate from the news to the game you wanted to see.

From the website:

    Micro Spy Remote

    The Micro Spy Remote's powers will work on a wide variety of televisions (Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, Toshiba, Sanyo, Aiwa, Mitsubishi, Philips, JVC, Sharp, etc) and its small size will safeguard you against discovery.


    • Tiny universal remote — easy to operate

    • Controls volume/channel/mute/off-on

    • 2.3" x 1.4" x 0.25" (5.8 x 3.6 x 0.6 cm)

    • Also works on most European TVs

    • CR2025 battery included

    • Keychain attachment



The photo above is captioned, "It works... ask these people."



Just in at 5:47 p.m. today from reader Nikolas Schiller, the news that Amazon's already sold out.

You snooze, you lose.

Luckily for Nikolas and you my crack research team had enough energy left to locate plenty more here for the same nice $8.99 price.

December 14, 2008 at 03:01 PM | Permalink


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At this price, a person can't go wrong! Awesome gadget!!!! And how NICE not to have to put up with all those tvs all the time.

At the warehouse store where I shop, they have one section where they have one main walkway that has the aisles leading into it, on either side. So as you walk down this one section, they have put a rolling cart with a little tv-vcr combo blaring endless commercial loops at you at the end of EACH aisle on both sides of you- at least 8 or 10 or so of these things all told! My kids know me for going and shutting each one off as I pass by, as a protest- not to mention the couple dozen gigantic widescreen tvs blaring at the front entrance, that you can hear throughout the entire store (I'm going to enjoy turning those suckers off)- and combine it with the singing christmas trees and the singing christmas displays- it's chaos!

Posted by: Lilorfnannie | Dec 14, 2008 10:32:55 PM

I want one! I have wanted one since they were first dreamed up. Joe, you're in medicine, can't you do something about this thing of horrible old TVs in doctor's offices, sound turned down to where it interferes with conversation, but you can't quite hear it? What are they thinking?

I asked some lady this recently, and she said, "They think it's a tax deduction."

Anyway, this could bring civilization to its knees, but in a civilized way, which is good.

Posted by: majeanne | Dec 14, 2008 7:59:19 PM

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