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My brother loves me, Sonic edition

I've been helping my brother with a computer issue, and to thank me he actually sent me a Sonic Screwdriver!

I've been wanting one of these for ages, even/especially after reading warmcanofcoke's review, so it was a fantastic surprise. :-D

Unfortunately, this lovely toy has a design flaw.  There are two buttons you can press to make the emitter tip light up and simultaneously produce various noises.  However, only one of the buttons can be pushed when the emitter is extended, and it's the one you can't actually press when you're holding the screwdriver properly.

Note: Button A is right where your thumb can hit it when you're holding properly, Button B is at the end of the handle under a cap. These are the two buttons
So when I'm holding the screwdriver as anyone normally would,
button A is easily pressable, but inactive.

If I point it at my husband, yell "wait!" and push the button to extend the emitter, I am then completely incapable of activating any light or sound until I change my grip to what you see in the next picture.
 Holding the screwdriver properly
Button B is the only one that works when the emitter is extended, and this is how I have to hold the thing to press it.  It takes some pretty firm pressure, too, and that's only after I've flipped open the cap. Pressing the active button
One wonders why they thought this configuration was a good idea.  It makes me want to start consulting with my Maker friends to discuss how I might rewire the thing to fix this. 

None of this is to say, however, that I'm not beyond squeeful about owning one of these. :-D  It's even steamy enough that I'll probably include it in my Steampunk Navigator outfit.



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Jun. 5th, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
We can rebuild it. We have the technology.
Jun. 5th, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
You were the first person I thought of. :-)

I'll bring it to the ORAC meeting, if you'll be there.
Jun. 5th, 2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
Fraid I won't be there this month. A cousin is getting married that day.

ApolloCon is a possibility for looking at it.
Jun. 5th, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
That works too; I'll set myself a reminder.
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