The Sonic Screwdriver controls your electronic gadgets – TV, Blu-ray player, whatever – using a series of gestures, such as flicks, taps and rotations. Three memory banks of 13 gestures mean you can load up to 39 different commands for use with numerous remote-control devices (you could split banks of gestures across multiple pieces of hardware, or reserve a bank for each and switch between them).
I tested it out on a docked iPod/mini hi-fi and found that, once I got my eye in, it worked very well. There is something extremely satisfying about skipping through tracks from distance with the flick of a Sonic Screwdriver, and possibly even more so in rotating it as a virtual volume knob. Be warned, though, this much control could give you a bit of a power complex. My new theory is that this is what turned The Master bad...
Programming the Sonic to control your own devices is a simple enough process – you just point the existing remote control at the sonic’s infra-red tip and click. A spoken prompt will tell you if it’s been recognised. No, it doesn’t always take first time and, yes, if you’re programming it with commands for a number of devices it could take you a while. But a) what else are you going to do on Christmas Day afternoon and b) you won't care, you’re playing with a Sonic Screwdriver!
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