“With great power comes great responsibility…”
The TV-b-Gone is a simple project for anyone with basic electronic soldering skills (and a soldering iron suitable for electronic work … NOT a soldering gun). Running off two AA batteries, it’s a small electronic device which transmits a lot of infra-red power codes. Enough, in fact, to switch off virtually any model of TV you might encounter! This will either make you into a super-villain or a super-hero. Please, use your new-found power to improve society rather than just annoying people!
We are now stocking our own Version 2 TV-b-Gone kit, as pictured above. Version 2, developed right here at MakerMobile, features many improvements over Version 1 (as sold by Adafruit):
- The button and LED are now in ergonomically sound positions, making the unit easier to hold and operate.
- The PCB track width has been increased to better tolerate non-expert soldering
- All component positions are now clearly labelled
- The battery terminals are clearly identified as B+ and B-
- The programming header has been removed as programming the chip in-circuit would damage the IR LEDs
- Only transmits as long as the button is held down (why transmit all 135 codes when the one you needed was #3 ?) … this results in a greatly increased battery life.
- The code order has been optimized with all common codes transmitted early in the sequence
- The gap between codes has been reduced. Combined with the previous point, this translates to much shorter wait times.
- While transmitting, the indicator LED glows steadily rather than flashing (a behaviour that drew unwanted attention). It flashes under certain conditions only (e.g. 3 long flashes for a low battery warning)
Software version 2.1.1 (Localization: North America)