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Lenovo multimedia remote and keyboard

Posted in Lenovo by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2009

Lenovo has somewhat quietly introduced the Lenovo Multimedia Remote with Keyboard, otherwise known as model 57Y6336. The device has actually been available for about a week now for $60.

This Lenovo device delivers a 2.4GHz keyboard with trackball and a USB dongle for up to 10 meters of wireless connectivity. Pretty interesting release. Great for tablets, phones or HTPCs. The size looks perfect, not too big and not too small.

Hello Kitty LCD TV with remote

Posted in Hello Kitty by Conner Flynn on December 13th, 2009

Hello Kitty LCD TV with remote I think I just threw up a little in my mouth looking at this sickeningly cute 13 inch LCD TV with digital tuner. It’s shaped like what else? Only Hello Kitty could make a grown man vomit a little. The LCD supports a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, a brightness of 275cd/m2, a contrast ratio of 500:1 and a lame viewing angle of 100 degrees.

It also comes with a matching remote shaped like a ribbon. The onboard speakers will deliver an output of 3W x 2 ch. More than enough for any girl’s room.

Start your car with your iPhone

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on October 13th, 2009

Start your car with your iPhoneCar keys are so last century. They’re only good for scratching other people’s cars out of revenge or scratching instant lottery tickets. We have the iPhone, who needs keys? More cars are starting with just the push of a button these days anyway. More will follow. Viper is creating a keyless future with their new iPhone app that unlocks and starts your car for you.

The app is free and connects to a Viper SmartStart hardware module inside of your car, letting you start your car, get the heat going, unlock doors or turn the alarm on or off. Also, you don’t need to be physically near your car to do those things since it works using cell networks.

Control everything with this wireless handheld keyboard

Posted in Remotes by Conner Flynn on September 30th, 2009

Control everything with this wireless handheld keyboardHere’s an HTPC remote that should please everyone. It will control Windows, Linux and Mac platforms via wireless RF signals, with a USB receiver. But that isn’t all it does. This remote will also work with your Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and the Wii.

It also has a large touchpad. That’s a lot of control in a small form factor. It’s available in black and white and will only run you $45 including shipping.

Logitech unveils Harmony 700 remote control

Posted in Logitech by Shane McGlaun on September 3rd, 2009

logitechharmony700-sbLogitech has been offering its line of universal Harmony remotes for a long time now and most all of them that I have used have been great. The only downside to the Harmony line is that the remotes tend to be expensive.

Logitech has announced a new Harmony 700 remote that is also one of the lower cost remotes in the line at $149.99. Despite being cheaper than the other remotes in the Harmony line, the 700 still has many of the same features. The device has a color screen that shows channel icons.

Kodak Theatre HD Player with motion-sensitive remote

Posted in Kodak by Conner Flynn on July 29th, 2009

Kodak Theatre HD Player with motion-sensitive remoteHot on the heels of their Zi8 HD camcorder, the company has also announced a new media-adapter, the Kodak Theatre HD Player. It’s designed to plug directly into your HDTV with your home network, via WiFi or ethernet.

The Theatre HD Player does what you might expect, it can display images, video, music and web content. It includes a “point and play” remote, a motion-sensitive controller that acts like a mouse but you won’t need a flat surface.

Monster MCC AV50 Home Theater Controller? Or 1970′s Sci-Fi prop?

Posted in Remotes by Conner Flynn on June 11th, 2009

Monster MCC AV50 Home Theater ControllerThis new remote from Monster looks like a vintage Sci-Fi prop. The bad kind. You can almost hear the cheesy sound effects and bad soundtrack. Which is why I think this is awesome. The Monster MCC AV50 Home Theater Controller will be available next month for $50.

It’s a “tabletop universal remote control” with a “Web-based setup.” That means it’s super huge and has a simple onscreen setup.

Remote Pet Feeding Camera Kit For Spying On Fido

Posted in Pets by Conner Flynn on June 9th, 2009

Remote Pet Feeding Camera Kit For Spying On FidoIf you can’t bear the thought of leaving your dog home alone, or just like to spy on your pooch, this device is for you. In addition to feeding your own doggy voyeurism, you’ll also be able to feed him remotely thanks to the Remote Pet Feeding Viewing Camera Kit.

As long as you’re connected to an Internet line and have remote access to your home computer, you will be able to watch Fido’s every move and make sure he is well fed with this autofeeder, which features a dishwasher-safe bowl, 24-hour programmable timer and a non-chewable cord.

Rebel converter for the PS3

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on May 28th, 2009

Rebel converter for the PS3For some time, Playstation owners with IR-based universal remotes have had to use bulky IR-to-Bluetooth converters so that the pair can communicate. Then along came Logictech’s Harmony, allowing, making thing easier on PS3 owners. But now Logitech isn’t the only one getting in on the act.

You now have another option in the Rebel from wb_electronics. It pretty much does what the Harmony does, transforming IR signals from your universal remote into bluetooth signals for controlling PS3 function and making the Playstation3 an integrated part of your home entertainment system.

Pocket Projector turns your mobile into a remote

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on May 21st, 2009

Pocket Projector turns your mobile into a remoteAlong comes this interesting new concept to shake things up in the mobile projector industry. The Nokia Pulse Projector combines an LED-projector and a NXT-speaker with Dolby sound processing into a single device. It works with your cell using Pulse software and Bluetooth, basically turning your handset into an interactive remote which will control the multimedia player.

Some specs of this amazing concept include a native resolution of 1,280 x 768, a contrast ratio of 1,500:1, LED light technology, 1,000 lumens brightness and it will throw images from 15″ to 60″ at 7.87 feet.

Logitech Harmony PS3 adapter launches this month

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on May 11th, 2009

Logitech Harmony PS3 adapter launches this monthWe told you back in March that Logitech is preparing the Harmony Adapter for the PS3, but at the time we didn’t have much info. Best Buy actually had it listed but was removed and is now cached. Anyway, it looks like the Harmony Adapter to be available in several weeks on May 31st in the USA.

The price isn’t bad for the luxury of not using the PS3 game controller as a remote. How many of you have been doing just that forever now?

Logitech Harmony 1100 Universal Remote Review

Posted in Review by Shane McGlaun on April 24th, 2009

harmony-1100-logitechI talked about the Logitech Harmony 1100 universal remote control back in February when we learned that the slick tablet style remote would sell for about $500. Today we are going to take a hands on look at the Harmony 1100 and see if the touchscreen beauty is worth all that cash. If you are in need of a universal remote for your complex home theater and those cheap, checkout line remotes can’t handle your gear, this may be just the product you need. Read on for all of the details on the Logitech Harmony 1100.

Mobile phone-controlled vacuum cleaner

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on April 8th, 2009

Mobile phone-controlled vacuum cleanerSouth Korean telecom company KTF just announced a cleaning robot that can be controlled by a 3G cellphone. The Roomba can’t do that, now can it? The robot is called the CW100 and is the result of a collaboration with Microbot.

It’s a “smart” vacuum, like the Roomba. It can be controlled by phone, which the Roomba can’t, unless modded to do so. It uses an onboard video camera to send live images to the mobile phone, so if you see an untidy spot, the user can remotely control it using the keypad and clean it up.

Wiimote for Xbox 360 coming this fall, PS3 version next year

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2009

Wiimote for Xbox 360 coming this fall, PS3 version next yearInitially unveiled back in September of last year, the “Gametrak Freedom” motion controller for Xbox 360 and the PS3 returns after a makeover. It’s currently on display at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

It should be available this fall for the Xbox 360, the PS3 version will likely follow next year. The Freedom obviously closely resembles the Nintendo Wii remote. In fact, it just looks like a bad knockoff. It will ship with a USB-port base station connected to two wands that sit on either side of your TV. Unlike the Wii remote, the Freedom won’t require line-of-sight. Instead it will use “ultrasonic 3D positioning” to relay the remote’s position via pulses.

TV Remote features built-in speaker

Posted in Remotes by Conner Flynn on February 27th, 2009

TV Remote features built-in speakerThis remote has us asking a single question. Why? It’s bizarre. Even so, couch potatoes will love it. It’s a cube that flips open to reveal the control buttons. It even has a retro-looking speaker on top.

It has that look about it that says, “I’m an evil genius taking over the world. But right now I need some TV time.” It certainly looks like it’s capable of opening trap doors and remotely flying helicopters, so I guess it has a purpose. You can get yourself this cube controller for just $41.