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My niece is getting to the age where she
likes fiddling with remote control
units.Getting her an 'activity remote'
wouldn't solve the problem as she's
interested in exploring her world and
everything in it. This includes the remote.
As it isn't dangerous and pushing the
buttons is a
good development activity I
don't want to stop her. I do, however,
want to stop her changing channels
during an exciting time in the rugby.
To this end, I want a child-lock on the
remote. Now this, although not common,
is baked (I saw it on a video remote once
- well actually many times, but always
the same remote).
In addition to the child lock (activated
and deactivated by a sequence of
keypresses) I want a button on each side
of the remote which when both pressed
together would temporarily over-ride the
child-lock. These would be easily
pressed and in a position where they
would be pushed naturally by an adult
hand gripping the remote. This would
enable little stickypaws who doesn't have
the knowledge (or handspan) of an adult
to play with the remote with no
consequences and adults to use the
remote without having to key in a code
[afterthought] Actually this would also
make a good keypad-lock for a mobile to
stop you dialing your mother from the
bottom of your sportsbag.
||Some TVs have a 'hotel mode' which prevents certain functions from being altered, but this is a nice extension. Alternatively, tie your niece's elbows together behind her back.
||But, st3, this will detract from the developmental benefits for your niece, won't it? Surely, pushing buttons and getting nothing in response won't do her any good.
||She also has toys that react to her button pushes. I did think making the remote go 'bip' and 'bong' and have flashing lights but realised that I don't want to encourage her to use it, just not be inconvenienced when she does.
||simple. have a large, hairy, realistic looking, spider shaped remote. you could even have the legs motorised, so that it can occasionally leap up a few cm's. neice proof. (though your dog & nephew might be fascinated of course...)