Archive for Remotes

Logitech Upgrades Harmony Universal Remotes

Posted in Remotes by Darrin Olson on June 9th, 2014

Logitech Harmony Universal Remote ControlsOn Monday Logitech announced some new upgrades and integration with its universal remotes, bringing control over your Sonos speakers and integrating some new on demand media including Amazon’s new Fire TV.

With the upgrades, users of the Harmony Ultimate and Harmony Smart Control on their smartphones will be able to control the volume, playback and favorite access for their Sonos speakers directly from the remote control or smartphone app. With the Smart Control app (only), users will also be able to use the keyboard or voice command to search for content through streaming media devices including Amazon’s Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku.

HiRemote IR For Your Smartphone

Posted in Remotes by Darrin Olson on May 20th, 2014

HiRemote IR Remote Control for SmartphonesWhile IR communication still has a place, the low signal, unidirectional, line of site required technology does not find its way into many modern day devices. Except entertainment media component remote controls, of course.

Because of this, unless your media components support WiFi, Bluetooth or NFC you are going to need to keep track of that remote. That is unless you get your hands on the HiRemote from Chineese startup commpany called Jeeqi. This device plugs into the 3.5mm jack on your smartphone and has an associated app that lets you use your handset as a IR blaster to control your TV, Blu-ray and other components. No more looking through the cushions for the remote.

Jeeqi is looking for funding to support a project to produce the HiRomote on a site called Pozible, which is an Asia-Pacific …

Motorola R331 remote control finder

Posted in Remotes by Conner Flynn on January 16th, 2011

Are you always losing your remote only to find it stuffed in the couch cushions a minute later? Too bad you don’t have a call button for your remote. Motorola is here to help with this charging station that has a button that will allow you and your remote to be reunited.

Just press the button and your remote will light up and make noise. This works through radio frequency “find” functionality. It can be charged in wall sockets or USB. There’s also a clock on the front of the charger.

Pop Up Microlite lights up your remote

Posted in Remotes by Conner Flynn on November 23rd, 2010

If you like to watch movies in the dark to simulate that theater experience, you will have trouble using your remote, since most of us don’t have a remote with backlit buttons. Well, there is an answer. Don’t buy a new remote.

Just buy this $9.99 Pop Up Microlite, with batteries that can last for up to three years. Your home theater system will be obsolete before the Pop Up Microlite even dies. Just stick it to your remote control and you are ready.

Universal remote pillow

Posted in Remotes by Conner Flynn on November 15th, 2010

This pillow will let you channel surf, but not rest your head at the same time. It’s a pillow. With a remote crammed inside. The folks at Brookstone have turned this dream into a reality. They say that this unit can be programmed to work with over 500 devices.

Even better, there’s a power-saving auto shutoff feature that can be overridden by your squeezing. It’s probably not very comfortable as a pillow, but for $29.95 it’s a fun remote. It will require 2 AAA batteries.

SoundGraph Wireless USB Monitor is a 10″ HTPC Touchscreen Remote

Posted in Remotes by Conner Flynn on October 23rd, 2010

Most of us who need a secondary monitor don’t need a very large one. And we don’t want it attached to a computer if at all if possible. The SoundGraph FingerVU 1016W touchscreen monitor is a battery-powered 10-inch monitor that allows you to control a variety of Windows applications with widgets that are accessible on the touchscreen itself.

It communicates wirelessly through USB. The FingerVU 1016W would be ideal to use with your HTPC (Home Theater PC), making it easier and more handy to use. You have full control of the software without having to turn on the TV.

Sony RM-KZ1 remote control for kids

Posted in Remotes by Conner Flynn on October 20th, 2010

If your little rugrat starts throwing around the standard remote control that comes with your TV, it’s not a big deal. But what if you own a more sophisticated universal remote with a full touchscreen display? You don’t want the kids destroying that one.

Sony is here to help. The RM-KZ1 universal remote control was specially designed and built from the ground up for kids. It’s splash proof and features a locked down battery and programming compartments, you also have a “volume limiting” feature which locks the volume in place.

Savant home automation remote uses built-in iPod touch

Posted in Remotes by Conner Flynn on September 22nd, 2010

Savant has introduced a unique touchscreen remote control. It’s called the Savant Touch Remote and it uses the latest iPod touch as the interface. It uses iOS 4.2 with a custom Savant app on top. Users can control their multi-room A/V systems and still download apps, use FaceTime for calling and perform other typical iPod functions just like normal.

The remote also includes 18 backlit hardware buttons for adjusting volume, menu navigation and more. Savant bundles it with a dock that charges the remote, and your color choices include black or white. There is RF connectivity in addition to Wi-Fi.

Mickey Mouse remote control

Posted in Remotes by Conner Flynn on August 2nd, 2010

Hardcore Disney fans will love this. It’s a remote shaped like Mickey Mouse. I find it very creepy as it has the feet and the ears, with no face at all. It’s as if Mickey has invaded remote controls all over the world and has begun to morph into something new. Something deadly.

Thank god it’s exclusive to Japan. This Mickey Mouse remote control comes with a stand which are shaped like the mouse’s shoes. Other than controlling the TV there’s also a voice button so you can hear 9 popular Mickey Mouse lines.

Intel’s smart TV remote tailors content to you

Posted in Remotes by Conner Flynn on July 12th, 2010

Intel’s Labs is planing a new user-identifying system for remote controls. Once it familiarizes itself with a user, this motion sensing remote can recognize the user by the way he uses it. It takes accelerometer readings every 100 nanoseconds, building a data set about each person, which is then applied the next time you use the remote.

It still needs some work as accuracy rates are still well below 100 percent, but they hope to improve on that and probably deliver some targeted advertising to boot if history is any indication.

Genos CYCLOPS universal controller

Posted in Remotes by Conner Flynn on June 14th, 2010

No, this is not a Klingon universal remote, but it looks like one. Genos has introduced the CYCLOPS universal controller, which they are calling the most ergonomically correct controller on the market. It is designed to fit perfectly between your hands and was originally designed to be the keyboard for the GenosTV Cable box, but it ended up as a universal remote control for TVs and devices instead.

There may even be a video game console version coming our way soon. The CYCLOPS can connect with most cellphones via Bluetooth as well. It certainly is beautiful.

Ti-Vo slide QWERTY Bluetooth remote hits the FCC

Posted in Remotes by Conner Flynn on June 13th, 2010

A remote with a slide out QWERTY keyboard? This remote recently hit the FCC’s test bench. The Ti-Vo slide Bluetooth remote certainly looks odd, but very useful. But it’s only operational over Bluetooth.

It will be interesting to see how this fares once it hits the market. With no shipping date or price tag, we have no idea if this will be flying off shelves and into your waiting hands or sitting on shelves feeling all QWERTY with no where to go.

Leopard solar-powered universal remote

Posted in Remotes by Conner Flynn on April 1st, 2010

If you want to go green with your remote, Powerplus has just introduced the Leopard, a solar-powered universal remote that can charge its internal lithium-ion battery using either direct sunlight or artificial light. That means if you keep it facing up in a lit room, you will never have to worry about running out of batteries again. We like that a whole lot.

The dimensions on this remote are pretty standard at 7.3in x 1.9in x 0.7in. Sure it could be better looking, more stylish, but at £9.99 each I’m not going to complain.

Doro HandleEasy 321rc remote control

Posted in Remotes by Conner Flynn on March 26th, 2010

Is this not the most basic remote control you have ever seen? It was designed for those who have limited dexterity and don’t need a ton of fancy buttons. The Doro HandleEasy 321rc is easy to hold on to and to use obviously.

It will let you do just the essential stuff that counts, like changing channels and adjusting the volume of your TV or home stereo. It is the world’s easiest universal remote control. £17.99 (or $26) is all it takes to simplify your life.

Soccer Ball Remote Control

Posted in Remotes by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2010

Just in time for the world cup, comes the Soccer Ball Remote. This remote control is padded, so if your team loses, it can presumably take some abuse. Maybe you can even kick it around a bit.

It’s pre-programmed for a bunch of TV, VCR, satellite and DVD systems and it works from up to 20 feet away. It will only cost you $20, which is a lot cheaper than the TVs it will damage as it’s kicked around the livingroom.