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Kymera Magic Wand Remote Control

by The Wand Company
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
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  • A motion-sensing accelerometer detects the hand's movements to translate 13 distinct gestures
  • Compatible with most home electronics that use remote controls, including televisions, DVD players, DVRs, and more
  • Simply point the wand and your device's remote at each other and push the function on the remote the wand is to "learn"
  • Up/Down (volume); Clock/Counterclockwise (changing channels), etc.
  • Motions can be matched to nearly any existing remote's functions
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 25 x 10 cm ; 68 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
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  • Item model number: WRC10209
  • ASIN: B002SJKWZ4
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 10 Feb 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Product Description

The world's first Real Magic Wand

The Kymera Wand nestles seductively in its silk-lined box
A strong box protects and displays your Kymera Wand
A dream come true

For thousands of years people have dreamt of using magic to conquer the world around them. Now at last The Wand Company has conjured up a real magic wand that brings that power within your grasp, letting you control things around the home with easily-mastered flicks of the wrist or swishes of the perfectly-formed tip of your Wand.

The Kymera Wand is the world's first buttonless, gesture-based infrared remote control. It can recognize 13 different movements or gestures and convert them into the infrared codes needed to control just about any piece of electronic equipment in your home that currently uses a traditional infrared remote control. Using a simple learning procedure, the Kymera Wand can learn up to 13 infrared (IR) codes from your existing remote controls and replay those IR codes when you make one of the 13 predefined movements or "gestures". Any button from a remote control can be assigned to each of the 13 gestures and there is no need for all the codes stored on the Wand to be learned from a single remote control.

Wand changing TV channel
Change TV channel with a simple flick of the Wand
What's in a name?

The word "Kymera" comes from the name given to a fabulous fire-breathing mythical beast called the Chimaera. With its lion's head and serpent's tail the Chimaera was a formidable mixture of different creatures. Thus the Kymera Wand gets its name from its curiously satisfying blend of ancient values and modern technology that makes it what it is, because hidden well beneath the seamless cloak of the lovingly-designed Victorian form, beats a electromechanical heart of pure sci-fi wizardry.

Serious high-tech delivers magical results

Small but clever circuitry
Wand opening DVD tray
Open your DVD tray with a "pull-back" gesture

The Wand's amazing abilities come from a number of high-tech components packed into its slender body. Amongst these, four critical elements turn the pretty stick into a magical piece of electronics. A tiny micro-electro-mechanical accelerometer (or MEMS) device, sensitive enough to measure the force of gravity, senses the movement of the Wand in three axes; up and down, side to side and backwards and forwards; a microprocessor to monitor the output of the accelerometer and apply special algorithms to the output to determine if the movement of the Wand is one of the 13 predefined gestures; an infrared code learning and playback integrated circuit (IC) that remembers the codes of the remotes you teach it; and a miniature vibration motor that beats like a tiny heart.

It always knows which way is up

The Kymera Wand is clever, and as you would expect with a magic wand, it always knows which way is up, adjusting its view of the world continuously so that however you turn, twist or flick it, or whichever way you pick it up, a flick to the left (for example) is always recognized as a flick to the left. The Wand also tells you what it is doing by pulsing with gentle heartbeats in your hand. This means that once you have learned its ways, no one else need know how you are communicating with the Wand and using it to control the things around you. It discreetly pulses giving you haptic feedback as to what gestures you have done and whether or not it has sent an infrared code.

Wand in silk-lined box
The silk-lined box displays your Kymera Wand

The Kymera Wand is luxuriously presented

A really wizard gift

Perfectly weighted for balance in the hand, the Kymera Wand is both protected and displayed in a simply gorgeous silken-lined presentation box, covered with black faux-dragonhide. The Wand itself is made from tough, resilient ABS that has been treated to over 20 hand-finishing steps in order to give it an antique appearance. The battery door is turned from a single piece of steel, polished and then nickel plated for a really high-quality lustre.

To complete the fantasy look and feel of the whole presentation, the Kymera Wand's manual is printed on a parchment-like paper and folds out as an attractive poster, 535mm x 360mm in size, designed to look like to pages from an antique manuscript.

Use your Wand to control stuff around the house

It is important to practice with the Kymera Wand
Wand controlling iPod dock
The Wand is great for controlling your iPod through its dock

Before you can use your Wand, you will need to practice to make sure that you can do all the gestures correctly and then teach your Wand some codes from your existing remote controls. Practicing with the Wand is fun and easy, and a necessary part of getting used to the Kymera's gesture recognition technology. Unlike dreary press-button remote controls, the Kymera interprets your actions and so you must accurately perform one of 13 different gestures in order to get it to do what you want it to.

When you unpack the Wand and use it for the first time it is already in practice mode. The Kymera Wand has no lights so it tells you what it thinks you are doing by pulsing (vibrating) gently in your hand. In practice mode, the Wand will pulse a different number of times for each gesture: you perform the gestures one at a time and after each gesture you count the number of pulses you feel. (For example, "flick up" is three pulses and "flick down" is four.) Most people only have to practise for a few minutes to get the hang of the Wand's gestures, which only require short, positive movements.

Once you have mastered all the gestures, you are ready to move on to programming the Wand, by teaching the infrared codes from your existing remote controls.

13 gestures will let you control iPods, TVs, DVD players, lights and much more

After the Wand has been programmed it will pulse only once for each gesture onto which a code has been learned, if that gesture is performed correctly. The Wand can learn remote control codes from a wide variety of household devices. In fact, almost anything that uses an infrared remote control can be controlled by the Kymera Wand (except for Bang & Olufsen equipment).

The Wand can also be used to control televisions, and the flick up and flick down gestures make for a fun, simple way to browse through the channels. Although it has only 13 gestures and therefore can only be programmed with 13 remote control codes, this is more than enough to get basic control and EPG navigation of your Sky+ set top box. There are even infrared remote control light switches and bulb holders (which have to be bought separately) which, when used in conjunction with the Wand, will enable you to control the lights in your house with a magical flourish of your Wand.

Photo of Kymera Wand

Product Description

This is the remote control wand forged with a motion-sensing accelerometer that detects the hand's nuanced movements to translate 13 distinct gestures. Simply point the wand and your device's remote at each other and push the function on the remote the wand is to "learn"--pressing "up volume" on a remote could be linked to the wand's up/down gesture while changing channels could be linked to the wand's clock/counterclockwise gesture. Other motions of legerdemain, such as quick taps to pause/play a DVD, forward/backward thrusts, and dramatic sweeps can be matched to nearly any existing remote's functions. Compatible with most home electronics that use remote controls, including televisions, DVD players, DVRs, and more. Includes two AAA batteries. Comes in a silk-lined box. 13 3/4" L. (3 oz.)

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186 of 192 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars absolutely brilliant gadget 27 Aug 2010
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I am one of those people who usually isn't that bothered about new tech for the most part but occasionally I see some new gadget that makes me thing "I MUST have that" and this is one of those gadgets.

I am a fan of harry potter but not so much that I'll dress up as dumbledore and hang around outside book shops. I think everyone would love the ability to just flick a wand and get a result and this wonderful bit of kit allows you to do just that. As soon as you get your head around the way it works and memorise the different commands (which doesn't take long), you will feel giddy with that childish excitement the first time a command works.

Right, on to the technical stuff. The wand works by copying the infra red code from other remote controls, therefore you can use the wand to control pretty much anything that already uses a remote control (and assuming you have the original remote). The wand "learns" these codes in a very magical way, keeping with the theme. You have to point the wand at the remote and press the button you want to assign that function to a certain gesture of the wand. Just doing this is rather cool in itself.

In general the commands are fairly easy to get to grips with although you do have to get used to the right amount of pressure to use on the tapping motions.

Now, if I could give this product a 4.5 stars I would. There are only a few niggles and they are fairly minor:

1. It is expensive, especially since the inventors were rumbled on dragon's den saying that it only costs 10 to make

2. There aren't enough pre set gestures. There are 13 and it may just be my setup at home but I used all of these for just my TV and my sky box.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars twist and flick, twist and flick... 5 Dec 2009
By Tim
Best gadget ever... Really good fun, the only drawback is that it needs two different actions on my TV to change channel because of the way the infrared commands work. But nothing beats the enjoyment of turning Strictly Come Dancing off with an imperious flick of the wrist as you leave the room.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun !! 21 Dec 2010
By Wendy
I bought this for my husband, partly as a joke because he is a big Harry Potter fan and partly because we had seen it on Dragon's Den. He loves it!! He found it simple to set up and loves waving it around instead of pressing boring buttons. Yes, now and then he turns the TV on when he means to turn the HiFi down, but that is all part of the fun. Beautifully presented in a box with red lining. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant present 7 Dec 2010
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We bought this for my son after seeing it on Dragon's Den. It's beautifully packaged so it looks like a real magic wand and is great fun to use. Definitely recommended.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best new technology 29 Jan 2010
This gadget is one of the best things to come onto the market, but it is a little hard to operate the first few times you pick it up, it does take some getting used to and the actions have to be done at a steady pace, flick or move the wand to fast and it does not always work. great though if you have Kids keeps them guessing when you first use it but you do have to let them know its not a toy, all in all a nice piece of new technology but can be improved on I think so looking forward to new improved versions.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning on Virgin media boxes 31 Jan 2011
Great idea obviously and good fun, however, either my wand was faulty or there is a problem controlling Virgin media (NTL) boxes.

I managed to program in some basic controls: the volume up and down / channel up and down. When you do the action, it does ONE instance of the command which is fine. However, when you then attempt to repeat the same gesture command (eg to turn the volume down several notches) it will NOT repeat unless you perform a different gesture first.

This means you cannot browse up and down channels or move the volume more than one stage at a time.
This was so frustrating since as a self-confessed channel-flicker, that I've returned the wand as unusable. Its a real shame because I love the idea.

Also the wand website is currently (Jan 2011) terrible - there is no support / advice or ability to CONTACT the company via the website - perhaps they are not too keep to provide support?
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars frustrating magic 4 Sep 2010
By elaine
i have now got my wand to work after 2 hours of practicing, i still wouldn't have been able to use it, if i hadn't watched the kymera how to videos after which i was an expert in moments, so please watch the videos to save frustration and possibly snapping the wand in two. As everyone has previously said, using it certainly brings a grin to your face. the only thing is, you want to point it at everything and operate it, but because of only having 13 movements and electrical item requires several movements to operate the movements are soon used up, so choose to impress. saying that it is very easy to reprogram to another item.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You are joking! 18 July 2013
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Possibly one of the greatest things I've seen in my life, really easy, incredibly responsive. The "big swish" takes some getting used to, nothing else bothers me. Would recommend to anyone, great piece of tech.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that easy to set up
I bought this for my wife as a "toy" at Christmas. The wand comes nicely presented and does look good. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tony Barnes
1.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, poor execution
Didn't work at all!! Instructions poor. Tried YouTube as well which only added to the fact that wand didn't work properly.
Published 3 months ago by richard helling
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This was a surprise birthday gift and a vpery welcome one
Although it took a bit of working out yo get it to function
It us now working well
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. Ives M. Jordan
This product is absolutely a waste of my money! Unfortunately I am too embarrassed to ask the recipient to re-pack and return it; cos it was supposed to be a gift! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs Regina K Hull
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing gift
I gave this to my grandchildren as both they and their parents are well used to technical products. They have told me it was very disappointing and didn't do the tricks it was... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Goldwingrider
5.0 out of 5 stars Potter-tastic
Brought this as a gift for my girlfriend who is a bit of a potter fan. Comes in a nice presentation box with parchment style instructions. The wand itself is plastic/resin. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M Blackwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Service
Excellent service I will order again I received the goods in great time and good as described Thank you Ta!
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. M. Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars so fun!
This is a great little device! It can be tricky to get the hang of but it is amazing how you can control your electronic items with a flick of the wand! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars it is Magic
I abseluty love it! I really fell like the witch i truly are. It is easy to use, and .
Published 13 months ago by Chris
3.0 out of 5 stars hard to get working
only managed to get it to randomly turn off the tv, little sister still thinks she's a wizard though so worth it
Published 13 months ago by kev
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