Is there anything more infuriating than watching your favorite team lose while you've spent the past two hours shouting fantastic coaching advice at the screen? Taking your frustration out on your TV's remote can help, particularly if it's able to shrug off the abuse like this impressive heavy duty alternative you can build yourself.
Instructables member Bigape had intended to build a slightly more reliable remote for his parents' TV that would last longer than a year. Instead, he crafted a Tonka-tough piece of hardware that will probably outlive even him. Starting with the same kind of industrial remotes you usually see in movie factory scenes, Bigape customized the three large buttons to control power and the volume, and added a set of small steel buttons for changing channels. The results are a wireless wonder than can survive being dropped, tossed, or catapulted three miles.