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This TV-B-Gone kit is a 'disruptive technology device' designed to switch off annoying and unnecessary televisions.

The TV-B-Gone was conceived by hack-hero Mitch Altman. It is designed emit the 'OFF' code for the majority of TVs in Europe and the US. Basically it is a TV remote control which only has the power button. It is designed to turn off inappropriate TVs, such as unwatched ones in public spaces. It is a commercial product, but Mitch has also worked with Adafruit industries to have an open-source design.

A kit of all parts including a professional circuit board is available for £15 including free P&P within the UK. SPECIAL PRICE! This kit is now only £8 including delivery within the UK!! This is to clear the last few kits I have in stock.


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Above is the completed kit.

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Here are the parts included in the kit.

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A close up of the circuit board.

We developed this version of the kit as a soldering project for Nottingham hackspace, hence it is a bit random on a site mainly to do with renewable energy - I suppose it is related to energy efficiency when switching off unwated TVs. I am using v1.2 as shown on the LadyAda website. A blog post on the prototype is here.

Here are the instructions for building this unit.