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Controlling your home theatre system used to be easy -- you simply told your kid to turn the knob. But today's home theatre packed with feature-rich TVs, cable boxes, AV receivers and streaming boxes -- and all demanding their own remotes -- there's no way the little guy can keep up. It's time to replace your pile of remotes with an app that does everything they can do and more.
When we reviewed Griffin's Beacon back in July, we found it to be one of the easiest to use smartphone universal remote solutions on the market. As long as your smartphone was an iPhone. Android users have had a bit of a wait on their hands, but the Beacon is now available for use with phones and tablets running Android OS 2.3.3 or greater.
Universal remotes for your iPhone are old news, but the thing about them is that they're so, well, universal: you use the same layout for all your devices. The Voomote One lets you have a different remote for your TV than your stereo.
There are quite a few solutions that let you use your iPhone as a universal remote. But the Gear4 UnityRemote is the first that does away with the need for a clunky dongle in the bottom of your mobile. And it's now available in Australia.
Peel is trying to change the way you channel surf, by sidestepping the concept of channels altogether. How are they accomplishing that feat? By releasing an iPhone app/hardware accessory combo that turns the smartphone into a universal remote.
Back in May when Logitech released the Harmony 600 on unwitting Australians everywhere, they promised that their colour-screen Harmony 650 would be following shortly. What we didn't realise then was that the term "shortly" is a sliding scale, as the 650 has just hit Dick Smith stores, four months later.
Back in March, Logitech announced a couple of new Harmony remotes, the 600 and the 650, which both cost less than $US100. Well, the 600 has just been announced for Australia, and in an effort Futurama's Hermes would be proud of, they've managed to limbo under the $100 price point here too.
Gazing at an iPhone or iPod Touch's glass screen, some of us dream about apps, while others dream about video podcasts. Others think about porn. But others - like the folks at New Potato Technologies - look at the iPhone's screen and think: "that would make a great universal remote", and then create an R peripheral to make the idea possible.
ThinkFlood has just killed the first RedEye product which went on sale in December for $US188, with the massively superseding RedEye Mini. It costs only $US49 and plugs into the iPhone's 3.5mm jack instead of via a clunky plastic dock.