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.

Motorola NYXboard QWERTY remote

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on September 11th, 2010

Look out TiVo Slide. Pretty soon you won’t be the only QWERTY-enabled living room remote control. That’s because Motorola has just announced its NYXboard remote, which features a compact QWERTY keyboard on the rear side and a standard cable box remote on the front side.

It looks pretty cool. The remote should be available by year’s end, though it will most likely be up to cable companies to decide if they want customers to have access to this QWERTY remote.

Philips Home Control Dual is a QWERTY remote

Posted in Philips by Conner Flynn on September 7th, 2010

Sure, there are plenty of QWERTY remotes available, but they just aren’t all that sexy. At least they weren’t, until now. Philips’ Home Control division is upping the sexy by launching this Dual remote just for you.

It’s a minimal remote on one side and the full QWERTY on the other. It sounds like there’s also an optical track pad in there as well. No release date or price yet, but we want one anyway.

Swann Security RemoteCam is a pervs dream

Posted in Camcorders,Cameras by Shane McGlaun on June 25th, 2010

I can understand wanting small hidden cameras or cams that don’t look like cameras in your home. This lets you keep an eye on sitters and other folks without them knowing. I’m not sure why you would want a camera that doesn’t look like a camera for outside the home use, unless you want to play James Bond.

Swann Security has offered up a new camera called the RemoteCam that looks like a keyless entry remote for a car. The camera can record video to microSD cards and comes with a 2GB card. Up to 8GB microSD cards are supported.

Gioteck announces MX-1 remote for PS3

Posted in Accessories by Shane McGlaun on June 18th, 2010

Gioteck was unknown to me until this week when it pulled the wraps off the new EX-01 headset that is headed to the US. The company has now announced a new MX-1 Media Remote that will be coming to the States as well.

The new remote is designed to control the PS3 with full control for Blu-ray, DVD and the Cross Media Bar. The catch is that the remote is apparently an IR unit, which the PS3 can’t just pick up.

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.

World’s first remote heart operation using a robotic arm

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on May 4th, 2010

I’m not sure that I would want to be the patient here, but a cardiologist has completed the world’s first remote heart operation at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, UK. The procedure was done using the Remote Catheter Manipulation System, which was built by New Jersey’s Catheter Robotics.

One of the many challenges faced by surgeons with operations like these is the prolonged exposure to the X-Rays used to monitor the patient, but using this method, the operation can be performed over the Internet from anywhere in the world.

Wii remote support coming to Android

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on May 3rd, 2010

Adding to the growing number of apps in the Android market, is the Wii Controller Demo, produced by Ryan Frawley. This fee software allows Android users to create a Bluetooth connection between their phone and a Wii Remote and then input information on the phone’s display.

This opens up some exciting long-term implications for gaming on Android. Frawley is still working on the software but it can already detect the presence of a Nunchuk and Classic Controller. Once the app is working the way they want it to, other developers will be allowed to use it in their games and emulators.

Lego Nikon IR remote

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on April 6th, 2010

Who says camera gear has to all look the same. If you want to add some geeky style into your picture taking world, check this out. It looks nothing like camera gear. Instead it looks like a Lego creation.

Because that is what it is. This person has jammed a compact IR remote for his sister’s Nikon into a simple yellow Lego brick. Your subjects won’t know what to think when you use this in your next photo shoot.

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.

Bottle opener remote is the perfect man tool

Posted in Remotes by Conner Flynn on March 21st, 2010

On the weekend, when sitting in a comfy chair in our man-caves, men require two things and only two things. A remote and a bottle opener. When you put the two together, you get a tool of pure awesomeness.

The Clicker adds a bottle opener to the side of a universal remote, so you can open your brew and continue to channel surf. However this won’t help you if you drink canned beer. Too bad for you guys. I’ll be kicking back and relaxing.

Logitech adds low cost Harmony 600 and 650 universal remotes to line

Posted in Logitech by Shane McGlaun on March 2nd, 2010

Logitech has been peddling its line of Harmony universal remote controls for a while now. The line has some of the best universal remotes around. I am particularly fond of the Harmony One and use it in my living room.

Logitech has added a pair of low cost universal remotes to the Harmony line including the 600 and 650. The remotes are very similar with the same basic shape and differ in the screens used. The 600 has a monochrome screen and the 650 has a color screen.

MSI Air Keyboard

Posted in MSI by Conner Flynn on February 23rd, 2010

The MSI Air Keyboard is an HTPC keyboard/mouse that fits in the palm of your hands. Think of it as a Wiimote with keyboard.

It has a QWERTY layout, ergonomic back and includes LB and RB shoulder trigger, just like a game controller. The Air can also be used as a mouse thanks to an internal accelerometer. So just like a Wiimote, you aim the device to control an onscreen cursor.

Super slim Samsung 9000 with sexy remote

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on January 7th, 2010

The Samsung 9000 LED LCD will provide support for 3D and will come with a sexy touch-based remote that looks like a tall iPhone with a Samsung logo. The remote has a touch interface and actually shows video from various sources. It can convert anything 2D into 3D.

Along with the 9000, Samsung also showed off some other flatscreens like the 8000, which features edge lit technology, 2D to 3D conversion, and the 7000 that Features Samsung’s ‘Touch of Color’, and a 4-legged stand, as well as the 6500 with DLNA streaming, but no 3D. Lastly the 5000 with low power usage, USB playback, and DLNA.