IR Jammer Kit: a TV-B-Gone-B-Gone


You probably have heard of the TV-B-Gone. If you haven't, it's a small wireless gadget that will turn of any TV. Now, for people who hate the TV-B-Gone, or for people who hate it when someone changes the channel on a TV set in a public space, there's the IR Jammer Kit.

You know those people that just love to change the channel on the TV? Put an end to it with this, the IR Jammer Kit from the Maker Shed. Just press the button and you can render infrared remotes completely useless. Works with almost all IR controlled devices by corrupting IR data from the six commonly used transmission frequencies. Perfect for pranks and for showing the channel surfers who’s boss.
Alan Parekh (creator of the IR Jammer) and Mitch Altman (creator of the TV-B-Gone) should join merge companies and call the new business Sylvester McMonkey McBean Incorporated. IR Jammer Kit. $18.99 in Maker Shed


  1. Ooh, given previous reactions from Internet tough guys (who apparently see assault as an entirely appropriate and measured reaction to someone turning off a television) to the orginal TV-B-Gone, this thread should be fun…

    1. yah, this should be interesting. usually someone threatens to “kick someone’s ass” if their public tv watching was interrupted in any way – even as a harmless prank. i always disagreed with the people who said tv makes us violent, turns out – the IDEA of turning it off just might :)

  2. Awesome.  I expect a TV-B-Gone-B-Gone-Bone and to turn into the Butter Battle Book in short order.

  3. “You probably have heard of the TV-B-Gone.”
    Why would anyone think this? Is it common for people to have heard of this thing? I doubt it. 

    1. Is it common for people to have heard of this thing?

      If by “people” you mean “regular readers of this blog” then yes.

  4. Does this operate on the same frequencies as car door key fobs?  If not I bet it would not be hard to change it to work on them.

    If so, I am thankful that I am not a woman heading to a car in a dark parking lot.

    1. Car fobs use radio signals, not infared. That’s why you can unlock your car without taking the fob out of your pocket.

        1. Those use radio signals too. Otherwise you’d need a clear line-of-sight to an IR sensor mounted outside the garage door for the remote to work.

          You could f*** up a game of lazer-tag with one of these things though.

  5. Not sure about the TV gizmo, but this new look for BB just reminds me of how shit those Apple Macs were. Job’s finest hour was the iPhone, but my screen is a fuck of a lot bigger than that, so please don’t go any further down this road.

    1. Not sure about the TV gizmo, but this new look for BB just reminds me of how shit those Apple Macs were.

      Stated like a person who never had to type commands line-by-line in DOS.

    2. how shit those Apple Macs were

      In 1984 the Macintosh was the only way to deliver computing to non technical people in the home. It was all down to the user interface and yes, they pushed the limits of the technology. Believe me, on the machines I used at the time you had to be conversant with machine code expressed in hexadecimal to get some things done. The mac was a revelation.

      1. We had an Apple IIe, and later IIGS.  IIRC from the main prompt you had to type “PR#5” to boot from the disk drive attached to the controller card in slot 5, except if you were at a monitor prompt  in which case you had to type “C500G”.

        Ah yes, here’s a discussion:

        Ain’t the internet wonderful?

        1. Only if you didn’t just reboot the machine, as intended. Apple ][‘s were designed to boot the disk in the first drive when restarted. All that PR #5 (more usually PR #6 if I recall as 6 was the standard slot, not 5), was really unnecessary. Been using Apple ][‘s since 1981.

        2. I started out with a little 6502 system with a video modulator. Then we had a CP/M system and around that time my dad’s friend bought his macintosh. We went to his place to remonstrate with him. We told him that the GUI is a toy. The screen is too small. There will never be any software for it. But I noticed that the screen and keyboard took exactly the amount of space needed and nothing else. There was plenty of room for normal work on this guy’s desk. To delete text you used the mouse. The keyboard was easier to use because it had fewer keys. The tiny screen with the low rez GUI was the way of the future and looking back Apple really messed up in the 1990s because they had a killer system in 1984.

  6. This could mean that I have to watch more Fox News, because that’s what’s on in a lot of public spaces around here and what I always ask to have changed. NO NO NO.

    1. Well, keeping asking. Responding to aggression with passive aggression is  still aggression, which makes one no better than the other side.

  7. Low-tech equipment for remotely turning off a TV is fairly readily available in the United States. It’s just that said TV will never operate again, and you can’t get the equipment past airport security anyway.

  8. Couldn’t the response just as easily have been to stick a piece of electrical tape over the IR sensor on the TV?

    I’m reminded of the apocryphal story about the space race – the US discovered that pens don’t work in zero g. So they spent a few hundre million developing those pressurized space pens that wrote in zero g, upside down, under water, while on fire, blah blah blah. The Russians, when presented with the problem, used a pencil.

    1. Ah, but the tape over the sensor approach requires that you have direct access to the TV yourself, and prevents you from changing the channel, either. Your own remote+jammer means that you can control the TV and no one else can.

    2. Apocryphal is right… the real story is more interesting, in its way:

  9. You just can’t teach a Sneetch, Mark.

    Speaking as a long-time advocate of the wonderous TV-B-Gone, I heartily endorse this gadget.  Let the battle begin!

  10. Actually, the jammer is going to work more effectively for the person with the TV b gone.

    The TV owner must stop the jammer momentarily while they change channels or volume or whatever, leaving a window open for the tvbgone thing to step in and shut off the TV. Then you have this silly cat and mouse game that’s got to be irritating for everyone invovled, (except for the tvbgone jerk of course).

    But if the tvbgone jerk also had a jammer (best if built into the actual tvbgone itself) they can then shut down the TV and immediately jam any other incoming signal to turn it back on. I guess the tv owner would then have to cover the TV’s IR receiver with tape and adjust manually.

    So after all of that, I guess my only opinion is that this whole thing is dumb. 

  11. Can I assume that the proponents of the TV-B-Gone would also be receptive to my carrying around a high-power portable cell phone jammer? Same reasoning applies, your annoying polyphonic ringtones are disrupting my dinner.

    1. I’m actually cool with that too.  I’ll bring the TV B Gone, you bring the phone jammer and we can meet somewhere and actually talk over dinner.  Winning!

  12. As a teen I sent away for a pocket FM. In those days such things used hearing aid tubes about the size of a lotion sample. Transistors were off into the future. The thing lacked an IF strip and was super-regenerative in nature and could it radiate! I discovered that accidentally. Later at a Hi-Fi show (pre-stereo) I fuzzed FM receivers into garbage just by tuning a knob in my pocket.

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