Doctor Who's Sonic Screwdriver and 3 Other Unusual Universal Remotes

By episode four of every new season of Doctor Who, I get sad about the season ending. It's a problem. Season 7 will probably be the same way. However, I recently discovered I can at least carry a Sonic Screwdriver around my house during Who hiatuses. Meet the Sonic Screwdriver remote.

This universal remote will allow you to control your TV or destroy fake Daleks. The possibilities are endless.

The product is available from ThinkGeek for $99.95, which is steep for a universal remote. However, the true genius behind this device is that it is gesture-based. For example, you can teach the Sonic Screwdriver to adjust the volume on your television with left and right turns, or open a Blu-Ray tray with a flick of the wrist.

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On top of TVs and media players, the Sonic Screwdriver is compatible with many iPhone/iPod docks. Nearly any home media device can be connected to it.

In case you were worried it was made of cheap plastic, good news: it's made primarily of polished die cast metal and copper plating with some plastic gripping for your fingers. It takes 2 AAA batteries.

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More of a Harry Potter fan? Check out The Wand Company's Wand remote. You won't be able to "Avada Kedavra" your least favorite housewife, but at least you'll be able to mute them. It's available on Amazon for $74.97.

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Is your favorite football team already off to a bad start this season? Then these next two remotes might need to be part of your Sunday festivities. Brookstone's Clicker Bottle-Opening remote means a beer is always in hand while their Sofa Pillow Remote is perfect for those moments of frustration. Punt or change the channel, either way, the pillow is uniquely suited for both tasks. They are available for $12.99 and $29.99, respectively.

(Images: ThinkGeek, The Wand Company and Brookstone)

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Liz is a writer and filmmaker from Minneapolis. She was nominated for a Webby and won an Emmy for Science of Watchmen, a documentary short about the physics in the comic book movie. She’s a tech obsessive, verified nerd and total Anglophile.

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