Gizmodo’s Prank: Woz Would Be LOL.

In News, Videos on January 13, 2008 at 2:45 pm

It’s the biggest consumer electronics show in the US, a few thousand display screens, and you have a remote control that can turn any of them off and on at any time. Not many people could resist turning off a couple of screens, and Gizmodo just caved in to the temptation whole-heartedly by pulling off the prank of the year so far.

CES has no shortage of displays. And when MAKE offered us some TV-B-Gone clickers to bring to the show, we pretty much couldn’t help ourselves. We shut off a TV. And then another. And then a wall of TVs. And we just couldn’t stop. (And Panasonic, you’re so lucky that 150-incher didn’t have an active IR port.) It was too much fun, but watching this video, we realize it probably made some people’s jobs harder, and I don’t agree with that (Especially Motorola). We’re sorry.

It’s a prank that Steve Wozniak would’ve been proud of (though he wouldn’t say it out loud), but the CES organisers have decided to take a hardline to ban the prankster from future CES shows. It’s kinda harsh–after all, if Woz could be forgiven, even praised, for his ingenious pranks, why not the staffer from Gizmodo? Sure, interrupting the Motorola PC was a little off, but in the end the show went on and no one died. And I really hate anyone who says that they “love the prank, but was happy the prankster was punished.” Grow some balls, man.

Oh, and the real winner of all this? TV-B-Gone. Great ad, folks.


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