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So you got a digital converter coupon eh?
Posted by: rvdh
Date: February 20, 2009 04:47AM

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I have a friend who is kind of a conspiracy theorist. He was trying to convince me that the many of the digital TV convert boxes that our coming out have microphones and cameras built into them. Knowing a bit about electronics I bought one of these devices opened it up fully intending on proving him wrong. To my surprise was right. This device has both a miniature camera lens and what looks like a microphone. I was so shocked I took pictures and video Please send this out to every one you know who is using one of these devices.

Hear are the details on the device I bought.
Its the MAGNAVOX TB110MW9 Digital to Analog Converter

Below is a video and images of the device.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQ4iIM8Eljc

Hoax or real?

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Re: So you got a digital converter coupon eh?
Posted by: thrill
Date: February 20, 2009 09:14AM

How does it transmit the signal? If wireless, is it encrypted? Sounds like a hoax.. :)

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It is not the degrees you hold, but the mind you possess. - thrill

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Re: So you got a digital converter coupon eh?
Date: February 20, 2009 11:19AM

It is a conspiracy!....a Magnovox conspiracy to make money of course. After watching video even I was compelled to drive to my local Wal-Mart and buy this Magnovox converter just so I could see for myself.

Most people are not aware their TVs already have a microphone...the speakers. A mic and speaker are the same thing just in reverse. Hook up some iPod earphones to your mic input on laptop and speak into it and be surprised as the sound is actually picked up. The smaller the speaker the better it acts as a mic. So if government really wanted to listen to you in your living room they would just use the speakers as input and send it along your cable line, unless you use bunny ears of course. Nonetheless they can gather more info tapping your internet or phones than watching you masturbate to your favorite porno DVD.

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Re: So you got a digital converter coupon eh?
Posted by: id
Date: February 20, 2009 03:09PM

Old sun boxes used to have a hack that turned their speaker into a mic.

But thrill is right, how would _the man_ collect the audio/images? PROBABLY WITH ALIEN TECHNOLOGY OMG!

-id

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Re: So you got a digital converter coupon eh?
Date: February 20, 2009 06:13PM

>>But thrill is right, how would _the man_ collect the audio/images? PROBABLY WITH ALIEN TECHNOLOGY OMG!

Thats what the aliens who crashed at Roswell had on their ship, technology to look at humans through their DTV converter boxes. Personally I would rather have an alien be my peeping tom than someone from the government.

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Re: So you got a digital converter coupon eh?
Posted by: id
Date: February 20, 2009 06:19PM

yes, but they may be from an ALIEN GOVERNMENT, and that's even worse of course.

-id

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Re: So you got a digital converter coupon eh?
Posted by: thrill
Date: February 20, 2009 11:55PM

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id said:

But thrill is right

Holy shit.. I can't even begin to imagine how much writing that must have hurt.. :)

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Re: So you got a digital converter coupon eh?
Posted by: rvdh
Date: February 21, 2009 03:22AM

I thought so.

But maybe it has a camera in it for future use. I worked a lot with electronics, and sometimes they'll embed future technology in it. But that's more in the way of HD HDMI, etc. But in old TV's I hacked (really 15 years back or more) I found that one had a teletext IC inside it (while officially it didn't had teletext), and of course I tried to activate it, failed at it, but it was fun to notice. Maybe that was due to a cheaper TV but with the same circuit board with teletext disabled, or maybe for future use.

edit: if you don't know what Teletext is, see here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teletext





Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 02/21/2009 03:34AM by rvdh.

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Re: So you got a digital converter coupon eh?
Date: February 21, 2009 08:20AM

From what I saw in video and from what little I remember about electronic components it looked like someone had glued one of those pin hole cams you can buy online to the side of the transformer. If it was the transformer then that would be a pretty stupid place to attach the cam to.

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Re: So you got a digital converter coupon eh?
Posted by: rvdh
Date: February 22, 2009 12:28PM

Yeah it did looked glued on, was my first impression as well. Same with the mic, at first glance it looks like a potentiometer with a piece of foam glued on it.

but it didn't look like a transformer, more like some display unit with yellow flatcable for a display or some things. Also avery awkward place for a transformer since they radiate electromagnetic waves which could influence IC's and transistors. Usually they are embed with a piece of metal.

it also is strange that he could not get focus with his camera, because that would give away the special effects ;)

Well it wasn't a serious attempt of course, just for the pun of it. If it's a hoax (likely) It would be cool to see people's reactions and the conspiracy flaming up to new heights :) hehe.

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Re: So you got a digital converter coupon eh?
Posted by: Malkav
Date: February 24, 2009 09:06AM

id Wrote:
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> But thrill is right

this is quoted for future generation to remember.

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Those that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
--Benjamin Franklin

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Re: So you got a digital converter coupon eh?
Posted by: id
Date: February 24, 2009 10:35AM

I'm going senile :(

-id

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Re: So you got a digital converter coupon eh?
Posted by: thrill
Date: February 24, 2009 12:48PM

That month without beer really threw those 3 brain cells into a fit.. :)

--thrill

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Re: So you got a digital converter coupon eh?
Posted by: Cagekicker
Date: February 25, 2009 02:07PM

lol!

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