WHOvians Will Soon Be Able To Control Their Video Devices In A Very Cool Way...
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.
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July 12, 2012, 10:41 a.m. CST
just how well these type of remotes actually worked. do they really allow you to say, accurately control volume, or pause/ff/rew your DVR with simple gestures. Think my Harmony one will be hard to beat.
July 12, 2012, 10:47 a.m. CST
by Harry Palmerlime
I've only seen this reported on a few sites here and there. What gives? Is this not as concrete as the other sites lead one to believe? Otherwise, this is HUGE Doctor Who news.
July 12, 2012, 10:54 a.m. CST
July 12, 2012, 11:08 a.m. CST
Been there, done that. Pointed toy sonic screw driver at TV and tapped iPhone Dish TV app in my pocket. Kids now think I can control TV with my sonic screwdriver.
July 12, 2012, 12:21 p.m. CST
It could get messy. Somehow, if this proves popular, I wouldn't be surprised to see a Men in Black flashy-thing television remote become available.
July 12, 2012, 12:52 p.m. CST
Star Trek Tri-corder remote! I would buy it.
July 12, 2012, 1:18 p.m. CST
F-ing big news if true
July 12, 2012, 1:19 p.m. CST
July 12, 2012, 2:24 p.m. CST
July 12, 2012, 3 p.m. CST
It's a pretty obvious one. Especially now that so many people are holding them in front of themselves like Captain Kirk when using them.
July 12, 2012, 7:50 p.m. CST
July 13, 2012, 9:07 a.m. CST
No, it's not concrete at all. It's one newspaper that cites a "show insider." It's almost certainly bogus. On the subject of the remote...it looks cool, but it seems like it would be pretty annoying after a while. That one time you tried to pause and it interpreted the hand gesture as "jump forward 15 minutes" would be the one time you'd throw it out the window and wonder why you spent 60 pounds on the dratted thing.
July 13, 2012, 10:13 a.m. CST
[ citation needed ]
July 13, 2012, 12:05 p.m. CST
A friend had one an electronics guy had made out of a good toy communicator. You kept your cell phone on your belt and answered the communicator, was hilarious..
July 13, 2012, 12:38 p.m. CST
Here's the story, such as it is: http://bit.ly/MfIOmf. But like I said earlier, there's not any real meat there.
July 13, 2012, 12:38 p.m. CST
What the balls is a WHOvian? I'm sure this brings Dr. Seuss to mind rather than Dr. B-TV Show.
July 13, 2012, 12:57 p.m. CST
“It will be fitting to have Tom back to mark the 50 years,” says a show insider. “He was a big part of the show’s success and is much-loved by the fans.” Errr. Try Idolized. Worshiped. Lionized. Adored. ~sigh~ British understatement...
July 13, 2012, 1:25 p.m. CST
I hate that term, actually. Hate it. Hate it. Hate it. Not because it's a label, but because it just sounds stupid. I know it's a bit longer and unwieldy, but "Doctor Who Fan" works just fine, thanks.
July 13, 2012, 1:41 p.m. CST
by Mark Williams
July 13, 2012, 1:57 p.m. CST
That sound awesome. I'm just a little disappointed that the even though the people that developed the cell phone cite as inspiration, Star Trek's communicator, no manufacturer or has made one commercially available. Just like no developer has yet made a virtual Theremin for either the Wii or Kinect. The Theremin being the ONLY instrument that depends entirely on hand motion/position to play. So obvious.
July 13, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST
it's a lot better than being called a Whoie, but someone using that sounds like the people who insist on being called a Trekker instead of a Trekkie.
July 13, 2012, 2:47 p.m. CST
I've actually heard him interviewed saying that he'd be reluctant and generally disinterested in returning to the role, but given a strong story he'd return. Eccleston publicly flat out said no, as did Peter Davison (although son-in-law Tennant maybe able to pull a string or two). I don't know, it's seeming less and less likely that we'll see multiple Doctors. At least to me.
July 13, 2012, 4:45 p.m. CST
doctortom: Well, yeah, but that's not saying much. I don't think it's the same as Trekkie/Trekker; as a Trek fan I'd be fine with either label and thought the nerd rage about the difference was staggeringly stupid. With Whovian, it's purely an aesthetic choice. I just think it's an ugly word, both in look and in sound. vinnymac666: I would pay no attention to anything the actors have said up until now. They could be accurate, or they could be deliberately misleading, or they could have their minds changed by an official contract. You never know. I don't think Eccleston has said no recently. In fact, I'm pretty sure his no came while RTD was still around, and there was some bad blood between Eccleston and that production office. He might feel differently now w/Moffat & company. Or not. I wouldn't think Davison would take much persuading. Tom's quote was very wibbly-wobbly. Colin won't, most likely; Sylv almost certainly would. McGann would probably do it too, and I'm sure Tennant would be on board. Still...I really, really doubt we'll get a big multi-doc. I predict that AT MOST we'll get a twofer (Tennant/Smith), and we might not even get that. Multidocs are great for us hardcore fans but not for casual viewers, and dramatically they cause problems (how do you write a proper story for half a dozen leading men?). JNT loved them, but JNT loved doing the nerdy stuff for hardcore fans, and I don't think that helped the show overall (though Five Docs was great fun).
July 13, 2012, 9:10 p.m. CST
Tom Baker just needs to lose 20-30 lbs and put a wig on and he'd look exactly the same. Peter Davison, not so much. Eccleston is being a cunt.
The Beeb should contract Tom Baker to lose 30 pounds or just hire a younger body double for some shots. Other than the extra chub and the white hair he really hasn't aged all that much since 1981. I've always thought the best Anniversary story would put the 4th Doctor front and center, teaming up with his older self(selves) and they basically treat him like a young reckless teenager. Even have the story told from 4's perspective and you can have it take place during that lost 100 years between seasons that he broke the 4th wall and told the audience about. Peter Davison's whole hook was that he was the 1st "young and good looking" Doctor. They could Benjamin Button him but they probably don't have to budget or the imagination. Eccleston is being a cunt. Don't get me wrong. He's a talented guy who is probably still my favorite of the New Who Doctors(actually my 4th fave Doc period behind Troughton, T.Baker and Pertwee) but he takes himself way too fucking seriously. It's not like he's had this stellar career since he left Doctor Who 7 years ago. What did he do, a stint of Heroes before it sucked, a guest appearance on Sarah Silverman's Comedy Central show and that shitty G.I. Joe movie. I wonder if he bailed when on them too(Heroes and G.I. Joe) when they wanted him to come back. I mean look Chris, we get it, Russell T. Davies made you kiss a dude on a children's show and that was a shitty stupid thing that you obviously didn't sign up for. That would traumatize me a bit too but Russell's not in charge anymore and this would be like a one-time deal. Would it help if they promise not to bring Billy Piper back as well? Come on, man. If it weren't for Doctor Who no one on this side of the pond would even know your name. You'd just be that guy from Shallow Grave or The Husband in The Others. For better or worse you did some of your best work on what you probably consider to be a silly children's program. Deal with it.
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