My iphone is a Remote control!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by BadgerMac, Jul 27, 2007.

  1. BadgerMac macrumors regular

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    So for the past couple weeks I've seen that my DVD player in my family room (a Samsung upscaling model) was on at wierd hours. Now I have a young daughter who loves buttons, but I would find it on during the day when noboy was home.

    I found my culprit. I took a call in my family room tonight and my television turned on. Hung the phone up and called again (after turing the TV off) and the DVD and TV (a 32" Sharp LCD) turned on.

    Never had that happen with a phone before, and I've had my share (I'm a gadget geek). Anyone else encounter this?
     
  2. specops macrumors regular

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    not yet... although i did notice while surfing the web with my phone next to my TV i get the usual static on the TV from interference
     
  3. Red Sox macrumors regular

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  4. BadgerMac thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes, yes it is.
     
  5. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    i don't see how taking a phone call from an apple iphone would turn both your tv and dvd player on. is it possible the dvd player and tv are scheduled to turn on, possibly to record something? could someone be yanking your chain? i just don't think it's your phone. could your house be haunted? :rolleyes:
     
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    thats very irrational, its most likely ghost doing it
     
  8. Red Sox macrumors regular

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    You need to learn about a little something called the electromagnetic spectrum.
     
  9. gallinger macrumors regular

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    I get the same thing, My 42" LCD will flicker just enough to just notice it.
     
  10. Decagon macrumors newbie

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    I'd start worrying when you daughter announces "They're heeeerrrree!" :D
     
  11. mojohanna macrumors 6502a

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    Are the TV/DVD IR remote sensors or RF sensors? I could see this happening with RF sensors but not IR.
     
  12. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    Funny, I used to have almost the opposite experience - I used to find my Mac's screen waking from sleep on its own and couldn't figure out why it was happening.

    (Until one time I left the speakers up higher, and realised what was happening - voice recognition was turned on and the Mac was listening to, and responding to, voices on the TV! I hate it when my consumer devices exclude me from the conversation..)
     
  13. BadgerMac thread starter macrumors regular

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    Too old to make this stuff up. Just relaying my experience. Took a call from my brother-in-law this AM in the family room and the DVD kicked on. I have to be within about 8 ft. of the "AV" setup for it to happen.

    I love reading the responses from the "pasty-whites" of the group who have a personality deficit. Good wake-up material. Some people get too worked up about stuff on a discussion forum. Keep it up!
     
  14. greenlander macrumors member

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    "Pasty-whites".

    Love it. Absolutely priceless. :)
     
  15. nickspohn macrumors 68040

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    There was a rumor posted on this site i believe that a remote control capabilities might be added in a software update.
     
  16. fart macrumors regular

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    you, my friend, have stumbled upon the "peripherals control" mode. According to this guy who I talked to on the bus today (he said he was the friend of a guy who had a TV repairman who said he talked to chick who got an interview at the apple care telephone support center for a part time job,but it didn't work out) It is only present on the Series 7 screens. It will be in the next software update, along with the ability to dispense beer.

    you just wait.
     
  17. biturbomunkie macrumors 6502a

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    although the iphone could control something like a computer via BT or wifi, it's impossible for an iphone to serve as a RC for most TVs given that the phone doesn't have an IR port. IR and RF have completely different frequency and wavelength, they just don't speak the same language.
     
  18. Chisholm macrumors regular

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    What model Samsung DVD player is it?
     
  19. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    Now I'd like to point out this is actually possible. It involves running a server with Apache + PHP (and MySQL if you want to easily add + remove functions), and also running IR Trans on the machine.

    You would have to write an AJAX 'Application' to run on the iPhone, and then a way for that 'Application' to control IR Trans on the PC.

    Possible though...
     
  20. Rooskibar03 macrumors 65816

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    Perhaps the universal remote is down in the cushion of the couch. When he leans over to take the iPhone from his pocket, various devices are turning on at what seems to be the same moment as he answers the call.


    Believe it or not...
     
  21. BravoFoxtrot macrumors newbie

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    The reported claim is entirely possible. The frequency offset between the two devices is not significant. A certain amount of frequency drift of the phone's transmit and the sensitivity of the receiver could easily cause this anomoly.
     
  22. Ajmbc macrumors regular

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    Well...

    Hold your iPhone in bright light. If you look at the very top of the front face of the device you will see a small circle and then a long rice-shaped oval. This is the proximity sensor. I believe it uses infrared light that reflects off of your face to sense when the iPhone is put near. The iPhone's proximity sensors are only activated during a call, which explains the reason why the interference seems to take place when a call starts.
     
  23. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    thats so that it can turn off the screen/touchscreen so that no buttons get pressed during the call...its a very good feature :)
     
  24. Ajmbc macrumors regular

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    I love the feature too :). What I was getting at is that the infrared output of the sensor may be acting as a remote control.
     
  25. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    aaahh i see. tht is a pretty high chance of happening these days. u'll eventually run out of frequencies. u could easily have some fun tho with the oldies tv nextdoor :p
     

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