Monday, July 18, 2005

Technology Lesson

Well, I learned a few things about Panasonic TV remotes last night. If you throw one at, say, 80 miles an hour, and make contact in just the right spot – on the top-left corner, I think – it will splinter into 5 perfect pieces (plus two AA batteries)… without breaking!

You can snap it back together as good as new… ALMOST before your wife comes into the room to find out what’s going on. (It took a while to hunt down the batteries.) And here’s the cool part - it will still work! (The reward: you can watch Schilling take home 3 Espy’s. Woo woo!)

Here are the 5 components of a remote:

1. Top cover, with holes cut out for the keys
2. Bottom cover, with built-in braces to support the circuit board
3. Rubber keypad (surprised to find it was floppy, like a small fish)
4. Touch-sensitive circuit board (really cool! includes battery springs and infrared light)
5. Plastic battery door

Well-crafted technology. I don’t think we should take it for granted.


Anonymous Grapefruit said...

What, nothing to say about the sox-sox series? I'm disappointed.

11:23 AM  

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