The Undead Remote

The mutant offspring of a shake flashlight and a universal remote.

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This energy harvesting device has a built-in use model. When your remote isn't working, isn't it instinctual to shake it to try to prompt a response? With this remote, that instinct brings results. I have ripped the guts out of a shake flashlight and crudely glued them into the back of a universal remote. This project was completed in an afternoon.

This project addresses dead batteries.  Of all of the televisions in the world, how many have remotes?  Of those remotes, how many require batteries?  Of all of those batteries, how often do they need replacing?  Then consider:  what is the cost, financially and environmentally, of replacing those batteries?

This project solves these problems by providing a remote that does not require batteries and doesn't change how we already interact with our remotes; what is more, it capitalizes on our frustrated instinct to shake our non-responsive remote, hoping this will bring our remotes back to life.

Rather than choosing an existing open hardware license I am electing to the maximum extent possible to refuse ownership and make no attempt to enforce any rights or privileges that may exist for this design. Information should be free!

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  • 1
    The lucky couple: a clearanced universal remote and a shake flashlight.
  • 2
    Extract the guts.
  • 3
    Chop the superficial bits from the top of the shake coil assembly to fit the remote casing.

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Murray Foster wrote 08/18/2018 at 21:14 point

While I commend your ingenuity and get the whole shake the control thing I have to wonder if hand crank flashlights would be a better model to work with. I suspect that the hand cranks are significantly more efficient at converting physical effort into milliamps and that the mechanism would also be more compact.

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SHIDQIDIW wrote 08/01/2018 at 02:30 point

someone can teach me how to use hackday?

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Lucas Rangit MAGASWERAN wrote 07/28/2018 at 14:21 point

Could the shake charger be scaled down to the size of a AA/AAA battery? 

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111111111 wrote 07/26/2018 at 16:12 point

This is funny :)

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IT-Wizard wrote 07/26/2018 at 07:01 point

This is simple and smart. I like it. I would like to add that kind of device or tiny solar panel on every small device instead of batteries. Sadly, my eletronics skills are too low for my ideas... Big up.

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Bob wrote 07/25/2018 at 17:18 point

This is a cool idea. I am interested in low power and energy harvesting topics. Have you heard of the Zenith Space Command? Check this guy out!,28804,2023689_2023681_2023586,00.html

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