My mom was born in 1931. She is from the generation of radio and WWII. Her eyesight is failing and she isn't good with anything electronic. TV remotes confuse her. This mod came to me after she called me one day, claiming her TV remote stopped working. It turns out, she inadvertently hit the button that activated the VCR functions. She didn't know or couldn't see the button to reactivate the TV functions. So I decided to "dumb" down the remote to only three functions: On/Off, Channel and Volume.
I've also been reading up on merging electronics with textiles. I ran across this article
about how to make an fabric switch. I thought this mod would be a great opportunity to play with textile electronics.
Before you start flaming, yes I know this type of thing has been done before. I've run across the remote-in-a-stuffed-animal mods.
All very creative projects, but I doubted my mom would want to use a stuffed animal for a remote.
This is an easy Instructable that you can do in one day. You can put this together with basic tools:
Hot Glue Gun
TV Remote - New Remotes http://www.newremotecontrol.com/
Conductive Fabric "Zelt" - Less EMF http://www.lessemf.com/fabric.html
Iron-On Transfer Printer Paper
Small Gauge Wire
Step 1: Disassembly
Disassembly is easy. Four screws with one in the battery compartment. This remote consisted of four parts: top and bottom case, PWB and rubber-like button layer. You can discard the button layer.
After identifying the pads on the PWB that control the Power On/Off, Channel Up/Down and Volume Higher/Lower you'll want to expose the copper traces.I used an Exacto knife. You will need to expose the copper for soldering.
Next create a cardboard template. Just trace the top case onto cardboard and cut it out.You'll need this template throughout the mod.