Check out this interesting interview with Mitch Altman at the Super Green Dot, an project that interviews folks who have quit the “day job” to build their life around the work they really love:
This is Mitch Altman. He is 55 years old and has been manufacturing and selling TV-B-Gone universal remote controls (a project he invented and loves – it’s a keychain that turns off TVs in public places) for 9 years. He used to do consulting as an electrical engineer for small companies and does not have a day job. He also travels the world teaching anyone and everyone how to solder and make cool things with electronics.
Read More. Because speaking from experience, not all jobs are as cool as Adafruit!
And remember you can grab his TV-B-Gone kits here at Adafruit!
TV-B-Gone Kit – Universal v1.2
Tired of all those LCD TVs everywhere?
Want a break from advertisements while you’re trying to eat?
Want to zap screens from across the street?
The TV-B-Gone kit is what you need! This ultra-high-power, open source kit version of the popular TV-B-Gone is fun to make and even more fun to use. This version can be used in both “North American/Asia” as well as “Europe/UK” areas (basically, the whole world)!
This kit comes unassembled with all parts necessary. Tools and batteries are not included. This is a very simple kit and great for people who have never soldered anything before.
Power: 2 AA batteries (not included)
Output: 2 narrow-beam and 2 wide-beam IR LEDs
Number of TV power codes: 230 total, 115 each for American/Asian and European! You can select which zone you want during kit assembly.
This covers pretty much every TV of the following brands, including the latest flat-screens and plasma TVs
Acer, Admiral, Aiko, Alleron, Anam National, AOC, Apex, Baur, Bell&Howell, Brillian, Bush, Candle, Citizen, Contec, Cony, Crown, Curtis Mathes, Daiwoo, Dimensia, Electrograph, Electrohome, Emerson, Fisher, Fujitsu, Funai, Gateway, GE, Goldstar, Grundig, Grunpy, Hisense, Hitachi, Infinity, JBL, JC Penney, JVC, LG, Logik, Loewe, LXI, Majestic, Magnavox, Marantz, Maxent, Memorex, Mitsubishi, MGA, Montgomery Ward, Motorola, MTC, NEC, Neckermann, NetTV, Nikko, NTC, Otto Versand, Palladium, Panasonic, Philco, Philips, Pioneer, Portland, Proscan, Proton, Pulsar, Pye, Quasar, Quelle, Radio Shack, Realistic, RCA, Samsung, Sampo, Sansui, Sanyo, Scott, Sears, SEI, Sharp, Signature, Simpson, Sinudyne, Sonolor, Sony, Soundesign, Sylviana, Tatung, Teknika, Thompson, Toshiba, Universum, Viewsonic, Wards, White Westinghouse, Zenith
At least 100 ft! New! v1.2 has double the power, goes 150 ft or more!
There’s lots more information at the TV-B-Gone kit website!