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Crank-A-Punch

You Crank, It Punches!
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This button-presser is handy when you need to press the same button lots of times, and really fast. The mechanism is either a bumpy wheel which presses a spring-loaded presser, or a piston/crankshaft setup with multiplier gear. One full turn of the crank equals 10 (or however many) button-presses.

Useful when you need to change the channel real fast, but don't have the remote.

galukalock, Jul 29 2003

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       Oh yeah! Now I can beat those 10 year old kids at Konami's Track and Field!
DeathNinja, Jul 29 2003
  

       I find that if I have the remote, I can hold down the button and wave my hand in front of the remote really fast. Same effect.   

       You _do_ know about the key repeat function in those new-fangled computers, don't you? :)
Cedar Park, Jul 29 2003
  

       Heh. Yes, I do. This is for other devices, I'm afraid. Especially the ones whose repeat is slow or nonexistant.   

       Whipper-snapper. (No offense intended.)
galukalock, Jul 29 2003
  

       [Cedar] has a good idea. rather than using a mechanical device, use an induction-based switch that can be clamped around the cord of, say, a playstation controller. Hold down the button that you want to press and tell the switch to open and close at a rate of about 10-20Hz. Should be fast enough to beat even the most sugar-accelerated 10-year-old.
Macwarrior, Nov 20 2003
  

       They used to make "turbo" controllers for Nintendo and Sega. You just flipped a switch to activate the turbo, then when you held down the button, it was like you were pushing it a million times a minute, give or take...
luecke, Nov 20 2003
  

       An electromechanical oscillator that moves back and forth rapidly in a reciprocating fashion... sounds a lot like a doorbell circuit, among other things.
TerranFury, Feb 26 2004
  
      
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