Onkyo Unveils New Android Remote Streaming App

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on July 26th, 2011

Those of you with an Onkyo music system will like this news. Onkyo has announced the launch of their new Android remote control streaming application. The new Android Onkyo application connects to your music system using your Wi-Fi network and allows you to stream music from your Android devices to an Onkyo network audio system.

The new App also allows you to browse your networked music collection without viewing on-screen menus on a connected display, instead using the touch-screen GUI on your Android device. Pretty sweet. Onkyo will sell more units now that they have a fancy new remote.

Samsung announces new QWERTY TV remote

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2011

Entering text into a TV with a regular remote is a huge pain. You hate to do it, but if you don’t have a good alternative, you just have to deal with it. Well Samsung has just released a new TV remote that will make it easier if you have a Samsung Smart TV.

It packs in a full QWERTY keyboard, and some other cool features. You can automatically disable the opposite side of the remote when one side is being used for instance. The device will be included with every premium Samsung TV model including the LED D9000, D7000 Series, and Plasma D8000 Series. You can also buy it separately with the LED series D6300 and up. It will cost $99.99 and will be available next month.

IOGEAR Unveils Wireless Keyboard Remote for TV PCs

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on January 13th, 2011

IOGEAR has a new and innovative on-lap wireless keyboard. The GKM571R-581R 2.4 GHz allows wireless connectivity for laptops, HTPCs, HDTVs and your game consoles. It’s also been contoured to fit anyone’s lap. It has a 1,000 DPI trackball, left and right mouse click buttons, a scroll wheel, and a USB port for recharging its NimH batteries or uploading new content.

It also features a USB 2.4 GHz receiver with 33 ft. range. The device is compatible with the latest Windows OS and will cost you just $74.95. Your purchase includes the keyboard, a charging cable, a couple of NimH batteries, and a USB RF receiver.

Snakebyte PlayStation 3 remote with IR and Bluetooth

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on January 9th, 2011

Snakebyte’s Premium Bluetooth Remote has been announced at CES and it offers both Bluetooth and Infrared support, enabling it to control your PS3 and five other IR components. It also offers a backlit display, a built-in motion sensor, a built-in Li-ion battery and support for updatable firmware.

It looks pretty sexy. Look for it to ship this April for $49.99. Since it has both IR and bluetooth it should make it super easy to integrate this into your home theater setup.

Sonic the Hedgehog Inductive Wiimote Charger

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on December 27th, 2010

Look what we have here. Sonic the Hedgehog is willing to charge up your Wiimotes while showing the peace sign. He doesn’t look very happy about it though. You can understand why. He’d rather be chasing down golden rings and promoting Sega products. But sadly, those days are gone.

Now he is reduced to sub-par games and promoting Nintendo gear, which in this case will cost you $49.99. It comes from Mad Catz. Hey, at least it acts as a figurine too.

Surc case converts your iPhone into a universal learning remote

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on December 15th, 2010

Mashed Pixel has embedded an Infrared emitter into a case. So when you wrap the Surc around your iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4, and download the (free) accompanying app, you can start programming. Then you can set up your home entertainment setup without any external accessories.

The only downside is that the iPad is not supported, and when you upgrade to the next iPhone, your IR case becomes obsolete. If you don’t mind that, you can get your pre-order in now for $69.95. Initial shipments are expected in Q1 2011.

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.

YouTube Remote app released

Posted in YouTube by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2010

Google TV’s YouTube Leanback may have just gotten better now that the YouTube Remote app has been released to the Android Market. Just sign into YouTube Leanback on the TV or PC and the app on the phone with the same account, then select a video on the phone and send it to the bigger screen. Pretty cool.

The application lets you control the entire YouTube LeanBack experience from your phone, without having to deal with whatever the physical remote came with your Google TV.

Philips Econova Green TV with solar-powered remote

Posted in Philips by Conner Flynn on October 29th, 2010

Philips has unveiled its Econova LED TV, which has been awarded the European Green EV 2010-2011 by the European Imaging & Sound Association. It was designed to be environmentally friendly without giving up performance.

This 42-inch LED TV uses just 40W of power in eco-mode and even comes with a solar-powered remote control, e-manual and it uses a recycled aluminum panel. The latest LED technology is also on board to reduce energy consumption by up to 60 percent, while still giving you best-in-class picture quality.

Snakebyte Premium Remote XL + Controller for Wii with MotionPlus built in

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on October 27th, 2010

If you like the added control you get with the Wii when you are playing a game that uses MotionPlus, but hate that the accessory for MotionPlus adds extra length and weight to the Nintendo controller, then check this out.

Sure, Nintendo is integrating MotionPlus into controllers now, but maybe you prefer third-party controllers. Well, this one is from Sunflex and is called the Snakebyte Premium Remote XL+ Controller for Wii with MotionPlus. The controller comes in white or black and features a speaker, vibration feedback, and integrated memory to save settings.

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.

PS3 surround speaker with subwoofer, remote

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on October 13th, 2010

It’s a good time to upgrade to a PlayStation3, with all of the various things that the console can do. These surround speakers are the latest reason. The bar has an in-built subwoofer and it connects using an optical connection.

It also has analog input for other sources and the device ships with its own remote control that allows users to pick from standard, stereo, vivid and dynamic sound fields. Other specs include a night mode, where the bass is reduced, the subwoofer with 30W of power and front-facing speakers with 10W of power.

Lego Wiimote surfaces

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on October 13th, 2010

Lego fans will want to dust off their Wii and check out the official Lego Play and Build Remote for Nintendo Wii. Alas, the entire thing is not made of Legos, If it were, it wouldn’t be compatible with standard chargers and attachments. But it’s still pretty neat.

It will put you in the game more when playing those Lego Batman and Star Wars titles. These will be available on October 16th for $39.99.

Sony’s Google TV controller shows up

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on October 5th, 2010

Sony’s Google TV controller has been leaked ahead of schedule, showing up on an episode of NBC Nightline. The controller looks like it combines a full QWERTY keyboard with two directional pads, your usual volume/channel controls for the TV, and a variety of playback buttons. The large layout leaves room for extra button rows with numbers and shortcuts for other functions. It looks pretty good.

Google TV-enabled devices are scheduled to arrive on the market next week. Sony will introduce its Bravia GT1 TV, while Logitech is readying its Revue set-top box. We aren’t sure if Sony will introduce the controller alongside the TV or not.

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Wii Remote Plus leaked in FlingSmash bundle?

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on September 24th, 2010

We’ve been waiting for a Wiimote with built-in MotionPlus for a while. Nyko already offers the Wand+ with the MotionPlus gyros built-in. But Nintendo has been taking the slow approach. Now we have spotted this upcoming first party, MotionPlus-required FlingSmash title on a GameStop order page with “Wii Remote Plus inside!”.

However, the product description still mentions attaching the MotionPlus “accessory” to your Wii Remote, but the Wiimote in the picture looks a bit different, with some curved text below the Wii logo. A spokesperson said the Wii Remote Plus “is real” but “We have nothing to announce on this at the moment.”.