Turn Your Samsung Galaxy S4 Into a TV-B-Gone

Sometimes you not only want a bar where everybody knows your name, but one that's free of blaring TVs. It was that idea that inspired the original TV-B-Gone device that lets you discreetly turn off any TV, but now anyone with an infra-red equipped smartphone—like the Samsung Galaxy S4—can do the same thanks to a… » 10/02/13 10:17am 10/02/13 10:17am

TV-B-Gone Inventor Makes it Open Source, Explains Why

Mitch Altman, inventor of TV-B-Gone » 11/04/08 12:30pm 11/04/08 12:30pm has done something kinda alien to many inventors of successful gizmos: he's made it open source. Interesting, since when he first came up with the idea, Altman patented it, on the advice of his patent attorney brother.Now he's sold a bundle of them, he's had a change of heart.…

TV-B-Gone SHP Looks Like an iPhone, and We Will Not Take the Bait

OK, so the new TV-B-Gone SHP (super high power) is designed to look like an iPhone. It appears to be designed just for us here at Gizmodo, embodying two things that, for better or for worse, we're known for. But no matter what this thing looks like, there ain't no way we're getting within 10 feet of a TV-B-Gone again.… » 8/19/08 12:59pm 8/19/08 12:59pm

Confessions: The Meanest Thing Gizmodo Did at CES

CES has no shortage of displays. And when MAKE offered us some TV-B-Gone clickers to bring to the show, we pretty much couldn't help ourselves. We shut off a TV. And then another. And then a wall of TVs. And we just couldn't stop. (And Panasonic, you're so lucky that 150-incher didn't have an active IR port.) It was… » 1/10/08 1:59pm 1/10/08 1:59pm