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TV Remote Control Watch

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on February 13th, 2011

Hammacher has started offering this retro looking Television Remote Control Watch. It’s a universal remote control in a tiny compact package. It has six buttons on the bezel for essential functions like volume, power, channel up/down, play/rewind/fast forward.

It will control televisions, DVDs, or most other devices that use infrared signals. It also works as a normal digital watch with an alarm and a chronograph, but that’s not why you would buy it. The Television Remote Control Watch will cost you $99.95.

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.

Bang & Olufsen Beo6 Wi-Fi Remote Control

Posted in Bang & Olufsen by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2010

Bang & Olufsen has introduced the Beo6 Wi-Fi remote control, a successor to the Bang & Olufsen Beo5. It is designed to be used as a universal remote for your audio and video systems and the high-tech touchscreen system can control everything from your TV to music player all with the touch of a finger.

The Beo6 will connect to your Wi-Fi network to enable 2-way control with other Bang & Olufsen devices as well. It measures 82mm x 118.1mm x 36.7mm and weighs 215 grams.

Logitech Revue remote control app out for Android phones

Posted in Logitech by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2010

Logitech is now offering its Google TV remote control app in the Android Market, which allows smartphone owners with the OS to control their Logitech Revue. The touchscreen controllers have a trackpad and keyboard, with virtual buttons for the always important adjusting volume and changing channels. Setup is easy if both the Android device and Revue use the same Wi-Fi network.

The $300 Revue comes with its own hardware keyboard remote and is compatible with Logitech’s popular programmable universal remotes. An iOS app is also in the works, but it has not hit the App Store yet.

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.

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.

Pioneer outs iPhone remote controllable Blu-ray players

Posted in Blu-ray by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2010

Why do we need remotes for anything anymore, since many of us already have iPhones? Pioneer has just added two new Blu-ray players due in May that feature iControlAVR app support built in. Both the BDP-330 and the higher end BDP-LX53 sport the Precision Quartz Lock System with the addition of YouTube streaming and RSS feeds.

Taking advantage of the Apple tie-ins will require you to hook up to the network and a WiFi dongle is extra of course. But if you like to use your iPhone to it’s true potential, then check these out.

Logitech Harmony 300 remote

Posted in Logitech by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2010

Logitech’s Harmony remotes have been a pretty popular accessory and the latest Harmony 300 has the best price of all at $49.99 in the USA and £29.99 in the UK.

The 300 features an effortless web-based setup using a USB on your computer and it boasts compatibility with over 225,000 devices from more than 5,000 brands. There will be some sacrifices at that price however, like no LCD screen and it can control a maximum of only four devices.

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.

Gluvi – a condom for your remote

Posted in Accessories by Shane McGlaun on March 24th, 2010

Any parent will tell you that with kids around you are going to end up cleaning goo off the strangest places. I have had to clean peanut butter off the back of the refrigerator (don’t ask) and have spent more time than I care to talk about with a tooth pick and a paper towel trying to get chocolate out of the crevices of my Harmony One remote control.

A company called Gluvi has a new sanitary solution for remote controls that looks to me like a condom for your remote. The thing has an open end and slips over the remote to protect the keys from germs. I bet it works pretty well for keeping chocolate fingers away too.

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.

Target’s remote control gift card

Posted in R/C Toys by Conner Flynn on December 1st, 2009

Target's remote control gift cardTarget has something new up its sleeve this holiday season. A Remote Control Gift Card which looks like a slab of Swiss cheese. The remote controls a tiny red car with a mouse inside. You can do the usual RC car thing, moving it forward and back.

The Target Remote Control Gift Cards will start at $25 all the way up to $1,000. That’s one expensive piece of cheese with a mouse car. Still, it’s a nifty idea. I wonder how they will upgrade the gift card next.

Logitech unveils Harmony 900 universal remote

Posted in Logitech by Shane McGlaun on August 11th, 2009

harmony_900-sbI have shed all my remote controls for my various components inside my entertainment center and have been using the Logitech Harmony One since it debuted. I will never go back to using the five or six separate remotes that the One replace on my coffee table.

As cool as the One is, the one catch was that the device wasn’t really intended to work components in other rooms. This is a big deal if you like to hide your gear away inside a closet or behind closed doors. Logitech has announced a new universal remote today called the Harmony 900. The 900 looks just like the One with the same design and button layout.

Motion Sensitive Remote Control

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on July 24th, 2009

Motion Sensitive Remote ControlSure, the Wiimote really upped the ante when it comes to motion control, but only with video games. This conceptual “Remotion” however, from Ryan Sorrell uses motion control with your living room TV. Even if it does look like a futuristic dustbuster.

To adjust the volume, just shake it up and down. Move it left or right to channel surf. Pretty easy and effortless. Plus it will at least force your lazy butt to move around some and burn at least a few calories.

Cideko Air Keyboard is also a 3D mouse, remote control

Posted in Home Theater by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2009

Cideko Air Keyboard is also a 3D mouse, remote controlSome of you want something more in your HTPC keyboard than just a multitouch trackpad. Lucky for you, Cideko has your back. Their Air Keyboard has a built-in 3D mouse that will have you waving it around and hitting people in the head. But that;s not all.

It also features two gamepad-style buttons in place of standard mouse buttons. Other than that it has all of the usual media control buttons, and a range of 50 meters. The battery life is 50 hours.