Yes, this is Geeky as hell. And yes, I want one. And any self-respecting WHOvian would, too. A press release from BBC tells us about a forthcoming remote control fashioned after the Doctor's iconic Sonic Screwdriver.
It sounds all kindsa nifty...here's a pic of the item, followed by the press-release mentioned above. Stay tuned for whatever news may be coming out of this Sunday's DOCTOR WHO panel at Comic-Con.
TIME LORD TECHNOLOGY IS FINALLY UNDER
The Wand Company and BBC Worldwide Reveal
Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control
San Diego Comic-Con, BBC AMERICA Booth #3629
New York, NY – July 11, 2012 - The Wand Company - known for developing the World’s first infrared remote control magic wand and BBC Worldwide today reveal a must-have accessory for Doctor Who fans – the Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control. Join BBC Worldwide in the North American unveiling of the remote control at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con, in BBC AMERICA booth #3629 starting preview night July 11 through the end of Comic Con.
Ever since Patrick Troughton, the Second Doctor, first produced it from his jacket, the sonic screwdriver has been the Doctor’s most trusted tool. Now, for the first time, Doctor Who fans have the opportunity to bring the Time Lord’s extremely cool and iconic gadget into their own homes.
A high quality metal replica of the Mark VII Sonic Screwdriver currently used by the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, the new Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control is a gesture-based universal remote control that utilises infrared (IR) technology to manipulate almost all earth-based home entertainment systems - from TVs and iPod docks to DVD/Blu-ray players and beyond.
With a green flashing tip and an impressive four operational modes – including a practice mode – and three memory banks, a total of 39 commands can be stored in the Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control, giving the option of operating multiple home entertainment devices with just a different flick of the wrist.
Control is straightforward – even for humans. The Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control works through a series of 13 short gestures, such as rotating, flicking or tapping, while a guided set-up procedure uses spoken prompts to match gestures to commands learned from existing remote controls.
And, for those fans who wish to transport a little more of the Time Lord into their own homes, the FX operational mode features a range of authentic Doctor Who sound effects.
All unauthorized alien usage of this device can be avoided as the Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control comes with an inbuilt security setting - a three digit PIN set by the primary user - offering ultimate human control of the ultimate alien device.
As time travel is not readily available to most humans, Doctor Who fans will have to wait until August 31, 2012 to own a Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control, when it goes on sale exclusively for the first 60 days at ThinkGeek and the BBC America Shop in the US, and Forbidden Planet and Firebox.com in the UK.
From award-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat (Sherlock, The Adventures of Tintin) and starring Matt Smith (Going For Gold – The ’48 Games), a new season of Doctor Who premieres later this year on BBC AMERICA. Steven Moffat and executive producer Caroline Skinner will join stars Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill for a Doctor Whopanel and Q&A at Comic-Con in the massive Hall H on Sunday, July 15 at 12:30pm.