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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Tools for the Chronically Obnoxious

By Damon Darlin

Matt Richtel got quite a debate going over the use of cell phone jammers.

The device reminded me of a few other tools that try to deal with the annoyances of modern life. Mind you, by mentioning them, I am not advocating their purchase or their use. The use of any of the tools seem to be based on the notion that the holder has somehow figured out that he has a superior set of needs that must be met.

For instance, the universal remote control that can shut off any TV. The most well known is the TVgo, which comes in a variety of form factors, some as small as a key chain fob. Go into a sports bar and switch the game to the Lifetime channel.

Another one I like is a small .....

Note from QVPUSA : Another device is called TV-B-Gone. It only has turn off TV function, while TVgo is a fully functional remote and works on a lot more TVs. TVgo is a pratical usefull remote for travelers, elder person and kids. It is also fun to use TVgo everywhere around the world.

Digital Reviews Network

TVgo Tiny Remote Review

Written by Martin Regtien
Sep 17, 2007

Be honest: have you ever wanted to control a blaring TV in a waiting room or other public space?
TVgo tiny ML62 remote Well, these days you can even though it’s not something I recommend. However, there’s something immensely practical about the TVgo Tiny Remote from QVPUSA. Yes, it’s about the tiniest fully functional remote control and even incorporates an LED flashlight!
It’s eminently suitable to be carried on my key ring. And there it takes pride of place but is the TVgo really all it’s hyped up to be?

The first introduction to the TVgo wasn’t impressive. Couldn’t get anything to work properly on any TV. When I noticed that the LED wasn’t all that bright either I figured that perhaps the battery was nearly empty. After replacing the button battery things fell into place.
Yes, most TVs in our household and business could be switched off with the TVgo and usually the Volume control also worked but the Channel Up and Down function was harder to get right. You have to press the On/Off button for a fairly lengthy period – usually about 10 secs (up to max 45 secs) before the control code “handshake” is exchanged and the TV switches off.
If it is a perfect match you’ll be able to now also change channels and control the volume and mute. You can even switch to the AV channel. However, you may have to try several times to get all the buttons to work. It sure beats having to figure out all the codes from the various TV brands and models! The TVgo remotes (and there are various models available up to a full-size remote) will work on most types of TV in the whole world. It may even work for certain types of VCRs or DVD players.
One very good reason to have your own personal remote on you all the time is the fact that most remotes carry heaps of germs (when was the last time you cleaned them??) The TVgo with its smooth surface is perfect to keep clean plus they would only carry your germs.
So when next you’re in a motel and you don’t want to handle that grubby remote, use the TVgo.

The other good old reason is the eternal battle for control of the family remote. That doesn’t need to happen anymore.

Personally, I like RSRs – Really Simple Remotes. All the important functions are catered for in this 8 button gizmo.

The brilliant incorporation of a powerful LED light into the remote makes it just perfect for your keyring.


Great value for travellers at only $29.95 with a full money back guarantee. With that LED it is as useful as the little pocket knife I have on my key ring!

Pacific Coast Business Times

Tri-county Inventors

Elizabeth Werhane

Thanks to a tri-county inventor, I got a co-worker to say: “You saw that, right? I’m not just flipping out?”

He was confused because the office TV had apparently shut off on its own. The remote control was sitting at an empty desk across the office. He turned the TV back on. But before long, it had shut off again.

I sat at my desk suppressing a giggle, slid the TVgo remote under some papers and loved the fact that I could call this “research” for my column. This week I look at two tri-county-based gadgets worth noting: the TVgo remote and Vibe 2000’s Je Je Teething Ring.

Irwin Kir and his team at Thousand Oaks-based QVPUSA developed a keychain universal remote control that’s about a quarter of an inch thick and less than half the size of a business card.

Called TVgo, the remote searches for the code of the TV it’s pointed at. Once it syncs up with the right code, the user can control the power, channels and volume.

It worked in the office, worked at my house and worked at a local dive bar. Warning: I do not recommend using TVgo at a sports bar during March Madness.

In addition to the novelty uses of the gadget, Kir said the remote is a good tool for travelers who want to be able to operate TVs where they stay or on the road. With permission of the people around you, Kir said the remote could be used to control TVs at airports or other waiting areas.

A similar device, TV-B-Gone, is on the market, but it only has on and off capabilities. ………