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absolutely brilliant gadget
on 27 August 2010
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. It would have been nice to be able to control the DVD player too and have everything in one device but as it stands I have managed to assign all of the regularly used functions from 2 remotes into the wand so no need for lots of different remotes
3. The range of gestures is fairly limited (see the product description). The inventors did not make use of twirling actions and a variety of swishes, this would have added to the number of commands you could assign to the wand
4. The wand can be a bit twitchy if you're not careful i.e. you may just be putting the wand down and if you're not careful or if you jerk it too much, you may inadvertantly execute a command but this just takes getting used to to avoid
That's about it really! The appeal of this product is definitely in the fun area and it has most certainly delivered in this promise.
One word of warning though, if you have kids, impress upon them that this isn't a toy. It looks like one but it doesn't feel like one. Just picking it up you can tell it is a serious piece of tech and I wouldn't be confident that it would survive being thrown around the room too much!
Use this wand and you can make the simple act of turning on your tv make you feel like a kid again, grinning in wonder. Go on, buy it, you know you want to.