Let me just go ahead and get this out of the way at the beginning: IR remotes are the past, not the future. If you’re still pointing your remote at your entertainment system when you push the buttons, you oughta have your Tech Geek Badge revoked.
That said, if you want to get a bit of that geek cred back, here’s a remote control for you. Developed by ThinkGeek in partnership with The Wand Company and the Beeb (that’s the BBC for you non-Anglophiles), this sexy replica of the Mark VII Sonic Screwdriver used by the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, is capable of learning 39 IR commands, and better yet, it’s capable of executing those commands via 13 gestures, like “rotating, flicking, and tapping,” the press release says, in case you’re unfamiliar with the concept of gestures.
Also via the press release:
Chris Barnardo, Co-founder of The Wand Company says, “As well as being a universal remote control, the new Sonic Screwdriver will have a host of other great gadget features that we can’t wait to tell everyone about at Comic-Con.”
I’m guessing one of those other gadget features is “lock pick.” I could be wrong, though. Anyway, swing by Booth #3629 at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con and check it out for yourself if you’re down that way.
If not, you can visit the product page at ThinkGeek and sign up for an email notification when pre-orders commence. The Sonic Screwdriver Remote Control is expected to ship in September for $99.95.
Product page: [Sonic Screwdriver Programmable TV Remote]