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Time to get all James Bond on your Mac OR The Apple Remote Watch

What time is it?

It's time to pump up the volume!!!!

and change tracks, or pull up Front Row, or control your Keynote presentations all from you super cool watch.

The apple remote is pretty cool, however it's just another thing to carry around, or just another remote to throw in your drawer. I keep mine in my messenger bag, and usually have to dig around for it when I want it. Well, no more!
Even though it's a small device it's big enough to be annoying in your pocket, so why not lose the bulk and keep it accessible? Why not be like James Bond and have a watch that does something cool? Well here you go.

I hadn't marked the buttons yet in the video, so I had to search for them a little, it actually works just as well as the remote even if it doesn't seem like it in the video


 
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Step 1: Tools and Materials

Tools:
Pliers
angle cutter
small phillips screwdriver
soldering iron

Materials:
Watch with a wide band
wire
solder
Apple Remote
cloth or leather
electrical tape

Step 2: Destruction!!!!

Picture of Destruction!!!!
So far I haven't found a non-destructive way to get the innards from an apple remote, so..

First - pull out battery holder
Second - use pliers to pop off the clear plastic at the top
Third - use angle cutters to cut off the white outer casing

it may take a little time, but once you get it off you'll be left with a small circuit board and the piece that holds the battery holder.

Remove the screws that hold the board to the plastic.

Now you have your Apple core :)
Speffeddude28 days ago
If you are using leather you could probably use the soldering iron to burn it where the buttons are. Or if that just sounds like a bad idea, you could use any sort of screwdriver and a hammer to stamp a paten in. Take it off the device first!
tristan9934 years ago
what did u do with the battery?
Foaly74 years ago
So this just controls your Apple computer from your watch?
aintMichael (author)  Foaly74 years ago
yup
tristan9935 years ago
could you post a picture of how thick the circuit board is? or email me: trithomas@charter.net
brainwise5 years ago
I do not wear a watch, but I would consider wearing this during a presentation. Then I would not have to worry about dropping the remote -- or, even worse, setting it down during my wandering (I walk about during my presentations) only to lose track of it just when I need it most. Kudos for your idea and the execution.
aintMichael (author)  brainwise5 years ago
hey, thanks. The response to this has been mild, but that's exactly what I had in mind when I came up with this, so thanks again.
~INVENTOR~5 years ago
this is cool, but i still dont get what it does? does it control mac computers. if it does where are the buttons . the reason i dont know this stuff is because i didnt have time to read it all. i have to go now.
Huh. I need to try this for my iHome
jillg5 years ago
why not cover the buttons with electrical tape for a technogeek look
ezarate6 years ago
whats a apple reamote and wher do u gett 1?
aintMichael (author)  ezarate6 years ago
it's a small remote control that comes with all apple computer. you can use it to turn your Apple into a media center.
Hawaii000006 years ago
Why didn't I think of that!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It absolutely briliant.
aintMichael (author)  Hawaii000006 years ago
Thanks. Makes presentations really fun!
Darkshot6 years ago
OH-MY-GOD! YOUR A GENIOUS! please tell me how you got that cool looking swivil thing on your computer :)
aintMichael (author)  Darkshot6 years ago
its Front Row, it comes with Mac OS
i want one :( but no likey mac's...dammit...might have to change :)
aintMichael (author) 6 years ago
almost 800 views and no comments? let me know what you think. Thanks!
Video!
aintMichael (author)  fungus amungus6 years ago
video is up now
aintMichael (author)  fungus amungus6 years ago
working on that :)
Excellent!
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