Covertly turn off televisions with the tug of a zipper.
Photography by Becky Stern
Whenever I bring my TV-B-Gone (a little wireless gadget that shuts off any TV) out to restaurants, I look suspicious using it. Mitch Altman, the device’s creator, concealed his by putting it inside a hat (see MAKE Volume 13, page 169), but I rarely wear hats and I wanted a subtle solution.
So I bought a zippered hoodie sweatshirt from a thrift store and turned it into a wearable TV silencer. For the switch, I sewed paths of conductive thread to 2 little pads that are bridged by the metal zipper slider when it passes by, so all I have ...