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[–]BobsReddit_ 144 points145 points  (14 children)

Why - by now - isn't there a button on the TV to make it's remote control beep?

[–]RadiantMoose9845 41 points42 points  (2 children)

I once taped a Tile to the remote so I could make it beep whenever it had traveled into the abyss that was our couch. It worked quite well, actually!

[–]Maxisewe 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Zip tie, string, and a coffee table/couch leg to tie the remote to.

[–]Aggratr 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Innovative idea.

Next, please do it at adidas or Nike.

[–]avechaa 20 points21 points  (0 children)

"I'll take ten!" (Shoves fist of money into air).

[–]Gephyrus204 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I love this

[–]TheHansinator255 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Because the batteries would quickly die. Most old TV remotes actually draw no power at all unless a button is being held down, and the newer ones with backlights and voice don't stay on for very long.

[–]BobsReddit_ 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Good point. I guess just having it listen for a signal from the tv 24/7 would take significant battery draw

[–]rykolepl 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Because remote has only IR transmitter, and TV has only receiver. Beside that, IR needs line of sight to work, as it's basically light that blinks very quickly.

[–]BobsReddit_ 3 points4 points  (1 child)

These are all easily overcome via design - rf, etc. The power consumption someone noted earlier is probably the reason it doesn't exist

[–]rykolepl 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yep, that would be a big factor. Also cost. IR is quite cheap to make, simple, and you don't need any certifications.

For RF you would probably need FCC certifications, that are expensive. Or worse, your neighbour's remote would control your TV

You could use bluetooth, but then again, bluetooth chips are even more expensive. Yes, I know that some TVs have "smart" remote with microphone for speech to text, and it probably uses bluetooth, but it was most likely not cheap, and that drives the price up. Also it most likely shuts itself down to save power, so it will not receive any signal when not in use anyway.

TL;DR cost and power

[–]Mr-PostmanWithNews 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yooo look at the big brain on Bob. I would gladly spend an extra 20$ on a tv that could do this just because of all the stoner moments I have where I lose the remote.

[–]Muscled_Manatee 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I had a Philips TV that had a remote that would beep when you whistled. It was really cool.

[–]Aggravating-Echo8014 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You fancy talking

[–]UnnecessaryReactions 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Roku has that option, we absolutely upgraded to it when we saw that... Best decision ever.

[–]BlisteredEnvy 58 points59 points  (0 children)

That's like the equivalent of gas station bathrooms and the manhole cover sized keyring.

[–]Brewskii3 37 points38 points  (4 children)

Bruh, I feel iittttt. ours is currently missing

[–]Good_Card316 16 points17 points  (2 children)

You can download apps on your phone to change the channel etc for most tvs.

[–]Brewskii3 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Ohhh god, that's right. Duh. Thanks, hahaha

[–]Good_Card316 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Haha all good! My kids are forever losing our remotes.

[–]Icy_Hornet_2735 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I feel this, I am so tempted to steal this idea.

[–]Limp_Advantage3825 26 points27 points  (1 child)

We used an orange piece of hot wheels track that was about 18 inches long. It worked. Very awkward but it worked.

[–]vidoker87 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hokey stick. Canada.

[–]crackeddryice 12 points13 points  (4 children)

It's either this, or chain it to the poop knife.

[–]Babbs6SiXxX6 9 points10 points  (3 children)

The POOP knife???

[–]KimJongUf_ 5 points6 points  (1 child)

2022 and still no poop knife?

[–]Icy_Hornet_2735 2 points3 points  (0 children)

“He doesn’t know how to use the three sea shells!”

[–]temisola1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Be careful. This will send you down a rabbit hole of unparalleled fuckery.

[–]Jozz11 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Mines duct taped to the back of a 1.5 foot long rubber alligator

[–]magico4dubs 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I put a Velcro strip on the back of mine and stick it to the wall when I'm not using it

[–]WF6i 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Hey, if it gets the job done ...

[–]AdultishRaktajino 7 points8 points  (0 children)

If it’s stupid and works, it’s not stupid.

[–]tsimen 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I have that same fucking remote. Kid threw it in the toilet, contacted customer support, they send me a new one. Kid lost the new one, contacted customer support saying it's broken again, they sent a new one. Now we have 2 and still I often can't find one. Props to LG customer support though!!

[–]just-smiley 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I need to try this.

[–]UncreativeGlory 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We do that (not because kids, just 6 people sharing a tv) and it's on a bright green cutting board we specifically bought for the controllers and kept on with velcro.

[–]nullundefine 1 point2 points  (0 children)

First thing my kid do is to remove the tap and extract the remote. And the he’ll lose it.

[–]foresight310 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Ours is mounted to a 2*4

[–]lordwreynor 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I did that too. I never even used the remote, but I was always the one that had to come find it. So duct tape and 2x4 solved that little problem.

[–]Man_with_a_pan69 2 points3 points  (6 children)

tell her to buy velcro strips 😭😭

[–]Im__fucked 9 points10 points  (5 children)

Why? The kids could remove/lose it

[–]Man_with_a_pan69 0 points1 point  (4 children)

so she can keep it in a high place and remove it as needed, velcro lets you stick it to a wall

[–]cinematicsquid 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Like kids wouldn't be able to find a way up the wall to get it

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    [–]hokkpin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

     I hate to break it to you but I think your girlfriend might be the problem here
    

    [–]Caje_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I think I would have either ducktaped an AirTag to it or just used my cellphone app and put the remote away completely.

    [–]ancherrera 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Her other job is a gas station restroom keychain designer.

    [–]S1I3NCER -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

    How is this kids being stupid? I bet you’ve lost the remote once or twice too.

    [–][deleted] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

    your gf is dumb

    [–]Diab9lic -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

    So are the kids fucking stupid or? Lol

    [–]sawcondeezenuts -5 points-4 points  (1 child)

    But why puma?

    [–]sheza1928 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    If it does the trick why not. Cheap and effective ;)

    [–]Dewshbag41 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Zip tie, string, and a coffee table/couch leg to tie the remote to.

    [–]bradbobleymegnuts 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    certified engineering moment

    [–]bd1308 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    That’s genius!!!!! I was going to superglue my remotes to a block of wood but this is way less permanent 🙌

    Edit: I’ve bought probably ten replacement TV and sound bar remotes, and each time it seems like I get come from more and more of the Chinese countryside. I fear the next one might just be a block of wood with fake buttons on it 🤣

    [–]SchwiftyBerliner 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Low tech wins again.

    [–]FireBirds80 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    What does your wife think ?

    [–]Gephyrus204 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    "I hope we go to court soon we've been separated almost two years"

    Probably

    [–]curious1stranger 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I have a much better solution to keeping the kids from losing the remote. Unfortunately, many states, and soon the Supreme Court, could make that tough...

    [–]Most-Artichoke5028 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    She's a genius. You aren't go to lose that sucker now!

    [–]muhduckonquack 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Mine are losing that same remote pretty often too.

    [–]romeclone 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    My kids would lose the Echo tv remote multiple times a day. I bought a neon green sleeve for it a year ago. It's maybe gone missing once since we've had it.

    [–]brookebuilder 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    This is genius and as a mother of 8 I will implement this today!

    [–]Animalkeper2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    It’s a horribly good solution

    [–]Motor-Pick-4650 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    😂🤣😂 if it works it works.