Lot #5019
Steve Wozniak: CL 9 CORE Universal Remote Control

Designed by Woz: an uncommon example of the first programmable universal remote control
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Estimate: $500+

Description

Designed by Woz: an uncommon example of the first programmable universal remote control

Uncommon CL 9 CORE UC-100 remote control, serial no. 005368, developed by Steve Wozniak as the first programmable universal remote control. Based on the MOS 6502 microprocessor—the same one used in the Apple II—the remote features an LCD display, numeric keypad, and function buttons. It is a 'learning' remote control, able to record and replay IR signal patterns from other proprietary remotes. A serial interface on the underside allows it to connect to a computer, and each button is programmable as a macro for multiple operations. Untested and in fine cosmetic condition.

CL 9 was founded by Steve Wozniak in 1985 and remained in business until 1988, when Woz was ready to move on. In spite of the CORE remote's innovative feature set, its high cost, programming difficulty, and the advent of cheaper competitors resulted in middling success. Wozniak ultimately sold the business and patents to Celadon, a company formed by former CL 9 employees, which continued to market new versions of the remote under the names PIC-100 and PIC-200.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Apple, Jobs, and Computer Hardware
  • Dates: #644 - Ended August 18, 2022