What Is It?
A universal remote that uses flicks and swishes to control your TV.
Who’s it For?
Harry Potter extremists. Those who don’t take themselves too seriously. 40-year-old virgins.
With ornate handle detail and a metal endcap, the Kymera wand looks like a dignified and skilfully crafted piece of wood straight out of the wizarding world. In reality, it’s just moulded plastic. And the metal cap is keeping a lid on the battery compartment.
After installing the batteries, the wand begins pulsing as if it were some other sort of magic wand. Now come the gestures: up and down, left and right, tap the side, tap the top, big swish. Every gesture you perform corresponds to a set number of pulses that follow, which is supposed to teach you the proper way to handle this thing. Once you’re done learning wizard wand morse code, you can map any of your remotes buttons to any gesture, though some gestures are intended for specific actions. For example, you can rotate the wand like a knob to control volume.
The Best Part
When you program the big swish gesture to control power, it adds a very dramatic flair to your television watching.
It doesn’t really work. More than half of the time, gestures either don’t register with the wand, or some unintended action occurs.
This Is Weird…
When first installing the batteries and using the wand, it wouldn’t come to life. As I started to unscrew the battery cap, it started functioning. Turns out, you don’t want to tighten that too much.
- Used in a living room with a Samsung LCD TV.
- Wore a black and white scarf.
- Verbal commands didn’t improve the efficacy of the wand in the slightest.
Should You Buy It?
No. God no. Once the novelty of this thing faded away (and which lasted all of two minutes), using this wand revealed itself to be a bigger pain in the arse than just picking up the remote. And that’s when it was actually functioning correctly. And when you take into consideration the thing costs $US70, that’s an awfully expensive knick-knack that’s going to find its way to the back of your media cabinet. [Kymera]
Kymera Magic Wand
Price: £49.95 ($80) + shipping to Australia.