Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Kymera Magic Wand Remote Control

Before today, you may have come across yet another product spotlight
piece on yet another blog on yet another universal remote control and
yawned. That was before. This is now. The Wand Company (Yes, that's
their real name) is a UK-based start-up that is seeking to capitalize on
the still-growing Harry Potter craze with its latest invention, the
Kymera Magic Want universal remote control. Yes, it's a remote control,
but not just any remote control. You see, this one is in the shape of a
magic wand and that, my friend, has made all the difference.
The Kymer Magic Wand is basically a universal remote control that is
capable of learning up to 13 different infrared (IR) codes from your
existing remotes and then replaying those codes when the spellcaster
(OK, I got caught up in the moment, give me a break) makes any one of 13
different gestures. Among the gestures that the wand can recognize are
rotate, left and right flicks, something called Big Swish, Push Forward
and Pull Back. All are guaranteed to make you look like a complete tool
when you are using them. According to the makers of the Kymera Magic
Wand you can program any button on any remote control into one of the 13
slots. That mean you can have one gesture control volume up, the other
volume down, the other channel up, the other…I think you get it.
So how does it work? Well, it's magic, of course. No really, it's your
typical accelerometer technology that's been found in electronics all
over the muggle world for years. What makes it different, and, some
would argue, much better, is that it has been repackaged in a wand that
has been skillfully covered in luxurious, Chinese Brocade Upholstery
and wrapped up nicely for storage in a box resplendent in faux dragon
hide – because the real stuff is just too damn expensive.
I gotta give them credit. They have done a hell of a job with their
marketing. The website is brilliant and the story, while certainly a bit
worn around the edges, is definitely sure to get some attention. You can
pre-order your own (10GBP/$17 deposit) Kymera Magic Wand remote control
by paying a visit to and forking over 49.95BGP
(about $83). If you live in the UK you get free shipping. Batteries
included. Self-esteem is not.
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