Change TV Channels Without A Remote

Submitted by: Snoogans 9 years ago in Tech

All you need are a flashlight, floppy disk and magnifying glass.
There are 64 comments:
Female 33
couldnt you just bye a universal remote
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Female 2,084
haha. weird.
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Male 870
According to this, floppy disks actually do filter for infra-red light, so that part makes sense. This site says that remote controls work by sending pulses of infra-red, like Morse code, so changing the focus of the beam seems irrelevant. Perhaps when the guy who made the video was playing around with the focus, he ended up moving the light on and off the sensor, in a way that corresponded with one of the codes. Turning the flashlight on and off would probably do the same thing.
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Male 244
it probally odesnt work
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Male 4
wow tagged this as fake to begin with but its even better browsing comments and seeing so many people want to try it!

the only way two pieces of floppy could create different frequencies is if they were rotating and polarized light. and even that might not do it. and since they are stationary im assuming that the dude was suggesting that they filtered out everything but IR?

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Male 1,072
These things are so pointless get a remote dont destroy stuff to make a crappy flashlight that changes the channel lame
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Male 91
:D i tried it!and it works,but,only on 1 of my tv`s but its the oldest of them all?
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Female 5
Well, I guess it`ll help those people that refuse to use the buttons on the tv when they lose the remote...
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Male 629
Snopes I mean.
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Male 629
Someone look it up on snoopes.
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Male 756
So am I to believe that a piece of floppy disk will convert a flashlight into an IR transmitter? I`m calling BS until someone actually gets this to work. Plus, different TVs use different IR signals. So finding a flashlight setting that works with your specific TV`s functions is 1 in a million.
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Male 43
what a load of crap. I can`t believe how gullible some of you people are.
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Male 11
2nd option get ur ass up and do it manualy
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Female 576
this is pretty awesome.
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Female 681
haha, i going to try it soon
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Female 129
thats sooo neat
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Male 230
i would just use the remote seeing as i broke my arm...
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Male 208
bullllllllllllshyyyttttt
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Male 203
damn, i so wanna try that now!!
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Male 358
yeah, but you`d loose a perfectly good floppy disk...
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Female 1,134
lmao my negbor has a tv in his porch room and sometimes when your outside in the backyard of my house you can acualy see the tv from there if you step out on the deck area...maybe i should do that sometime to his tv hehe
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Male 1,270
IT DOESN`T WORK!
BLOODY HELL WHAT IS WRONG WITH EVERYONE?

But you know if you drive a car fast enough (22mph) and jump out at 12:00, you can go back in time. It`s true `cause I saw it on Metacafe and I believe everything the money-making idiots on there tell me.

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Female 2
THAT WAS COOL
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Male 5,970
sooooo cool
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Male 155
its Metacafe i don`t think it works
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Female 1,578
uhh you could also buy a universal remote for the same cost as all that junk...
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Female 416
Whats a floppy disk?
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Male 4,012
awesome. For those asking `why`, it`s mostly to annoy other people.

Floppy discs still exist?

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Female 88
while that is really cool, why don`t you just buy another remote? those work the same way, even better `cause you can choose specific numbers!! *gasp*
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Female 655
niiice =]
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Female 139
NICE!!!!!
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Male 334
i found the typo much more amusing than this video...
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Female 1,944
ichris i saw the typo too....guess ur not the only loser!
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Male 648
get a universal remote, its easier.
or if you wanted concealability, they have remote control wrist watches...fun to turn on The Price is Right in the middle of class
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Female 1,470
Female 1,470
Sick.
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Female 525
weird
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Male 106
This is definitely fake. First of all, floppy disk media is coated in iron oxide, and two layers of it will definitely be opaque, so no light will get out.

Second of all, television remotes work on infrared light, not flashlights, and need a pulsed frequency in the 40 kHz or so range.

On top of the pulsed infrared, each TV would have a different signal for each command, and flashlights don`t have any sort of digital circuitry to create the appropriate signals.

This is total BS.

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Male 896
I`m going to call bs until I get proof that works.
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Male 2,720
Next time I`m stuck on a deserted island, and Lulu the magic sea turtle eats the remote... this`ll help.
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Male 11
im gonna try that at school
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Male 1,270
Bloody hell, is everyone here stupid? It`s fake, you can`t trust anything on that stupid site.

Think about it logically.

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Male 73
anyone else notice the typo on "step 3"? anyone...... no? i guess im a loser.
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Male 521
ha wow! ima try that tonight!
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Female 1,984
Cooool. So wanna try that!
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Male 55
Funny how there was an add for one of those universal remotes on the I-A-B Home before I clicked on this link
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Male 1,265
All you need are a flashlight, floppy disk and magnifying glass.

Or a remote control.

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Male 42
I wanted to see if I could use the tiny Maglite Solitaire instead of a Mini-Maglite because it would be easier to conceal. It just so happened that I realised that I couldn`t take out the lens cap. Damn, that sucked.
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Male 341
Thats cool. Im gonna annoy everyone now.
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Female 59
you could really use this at school in the lunch room... i don`t know how many times i wish i could change the channel from the school circuit to something else. or even in class.
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Male 391
Ok, I admit. I find this extremely awesome. I`ll spend the rest of my days confusing my family with the hidden remote
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Female 601
That`s actually pretty nifty. I doubt I`d ever use it though, but I think it would be quite useful with the school TVs. *ponders this thought*
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Male 42
Or you could spend the 5 or so bucks, buy a universal remote and do all sorts of craazzzyyyy things!!! Like MUTTTEEEEE and VOLLUMMEEE UPPPP!!!!
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Female 1,832
My Husband is going to be so pissed , lol
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Male 34
Yeah but where do you find a floppy disc now-a-days?
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Male 6
Uh... Did you try changing the channels by pushing the buttons on the TV? Sorry if that was too complicated for some of you.
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Female 447
My brother told me about this...
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Male 330
I just love to "swith" on the TV.
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Male 30
that will never work
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Male 139
What is the point? Maybe it would be useful if you were Macgyver.
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Female 1,596
I wonder where I saw this...
But it`s much easier just to use the remote xD
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Female 250
HA! clever!
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Male 869
Link: Change TV Channels Without A Remote [Rate Link] - All you need are a flashlight, floppy disk and magnifying glass.
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