Here's a funny tale of mischief @ CES

, posted: 12-Jan-2008 13:45

Tvs have remotes -- even those big giant plasma tvs used at trade shows during press releases. Someone in the audience with a remote can cause any of those tvs to turn off, and possibly the media player behind them too (if you can reach it with your remote). And just that happened at CES. A prominent blogger from Gizmodo couldn't help himself and hrturns off tv after tv in this gadget tradeshow.
CES has no shortage of displays. And when MAKE offered us some TV-B-Gone clickers to bring to the show, we pretty much couldn't help ourselves. We shut off a TV. And then another. And then a wall of TVs. And we just couldn't stop. (And Panasonic, you're so lucky that 150-incher didn't have an active IR port.) It was too much fun, but watching this video, we realize it probably made some people's jobs harder, and I don't agree with that (Especially Motorola). We're sorry
They have now been banned from future CES, and it sounds like their whole media company might be banned next.
We have been informed of inappropriate behavior on the show floor by a credentialed media attendee from the Web site Gizmodo, owned by Gawker Media. Specifically, the Gizmodo staffer interfered with the exhibitor booth operations of numerous companies, including disrupting at least one press event. The Gizmodo staffer violated the terms of CES media credentials and caused harm to CES exhibitors. This Gizmodo staffer has been identified and will be barred from attending any future CES events. Additional sanctions against Gizmodo and Gawker Media are under discussion.

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Comment by paradoxsm, on 13-Jan-2008 00:24

Lol Lol Lol and errr.. LOL!

I used to have one of those awesome tiny credit card multi-motes and used to do just this type of thing in shops and events everywhere, (i was 16) Usually turn off the security sets but usually more of a joke was turning the volume up to full. especially cheap "security" setups where the feedback howl would just drive the sales reps insane...

Turning up the volume of sets playing off music until the speakers started smoking was another good one and poor old Farmers felt the wrath all too often.

Of course as technology moved on, I started using my iPaq PDA with some remote-control software which was rather interesting as nobody would ever supect ity was the guy with the "palm pilot".

If and when RF remotes become mainstream, I might have to haul out the AVR for another high-powered episode of turning off every set in a 5K radius. ;-) the 5 Watt "Domerlin" 10 bit binary-counter garage door remote hopping got kind of boring a few years back. (2001)

Comment by freitasm, on 13-Jan-2008 11:04

Mischief alright... If they were just turning off monitors used in big walls that would be something but disrupting press conferences and demos. What a bunch...

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