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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.

Conspin Andi-One Android-powered Universal Remote

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on April 12th, 2011

Conspin has combined an Android tablet with a universal remote to create a smarter and better universal remote. It’s called the Andi-One and it supports 3 different interfaces like RF (RF4CE), IR, and WiFi.

The device is capable of controlling up to 50 different compatible devices. Over 10,000 devices are supported so you should be good to go. The Conspin Andi-One URC is available right now and will cost you $349.99. What do you think? You ready for this remote?

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.

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.

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.

Power A Universal Remote Case for iPhone 3G, 3GS

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2010

The Power A Universal Remote Case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS works with the company’s free Power A Universal Remote app. The Universal Remote Case allows your iPhone 3G or 3GS nearly full control of any infrared-controlled device. So you can have one remote to rule all of your IR toys.

It consists of a two-piece hard case that allows access to all of the buttons. At the bottom, it connects to the iPhone through the dock connector. The Power A Universal Remote Case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS will cost you $60.

RedEye: Turn your iPhone into a Universal Remote

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on December 2nd, 2009

RedEye: Turn your iPhone into a Universal RemoteRedEye is a device that will turn your iPhone or iPod Touch into a fully functional universal remote that can be used to control a wide range of equipment. Anything from your HDTV, Cable Box, and even your DVD player or Blu-ray player.

Here’s how it works. Your iPhone or iPod touch sends commands to the receiver unit via WiFi, then the signals are converted into infrared and sent to your AV equipment. Since everyone and their eighty year old grandmother already has an iPhone, this could truly be one remote to rule them all.

Kymera Magic Wand is a universal remote for Harry Potter

Posted in Remotes by Conner Flynn on September 13th, 2009

Kymera Magic Wand is a universal remote for Harry PotterUniversal remotes are nothing new. You can find them everywhere and they’re usually overpriced and boring. Why not leave the clunky oversized remotes to the muggles. Remotes should practice magic, not tech science.

Like a magic wand that will change your channels. Like the Kymera Magic Wand. It can be flicked up or down to change the channel, or turned in a clockwise motion for volume up or down. It features a total of 13 “magical functions” on your TV in all. The wand is battery powered and they even throw in the batteries.

Blu-Link universal remote for PS3

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on September 1st, 2009

Blu-Link universal remote for PS3Sometimes you get sick of using all of those remotes. That’s what universal remotes are for. But in before today, if you wanted to use a universal remote with your PS3 you had to use an IR-to-Bluetooth adapter, like the Logitech Harmony for PS3. SMK has a different idea with Blu-Link.

This universal remote combines a Bluetooth PS3 controller with your typical infrared universal remote. It also features advanced learning (handy for figuring out button assignments from your other remotes) and has support for over 400 brands of standard and HDTV televisions and flatscreens, 150 VCRs, 200 Satellite Receiver models, 100 Cable TV Receiver brands, 50 DVR models and 200 home theater surround sound systems.

Sony RM-PZ3SD universal remote

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on August 27th, 2009

Sony RM-PZ3SD universal remoteSony is offering up a drip-proof remote with the RM-PZ3SD universal remote control. So worry not, you can sit on the couch and spill your drink and be as sloppy as you like while flipping through channels with your pizza greased fingers.

The RM-PZ3SD is able to withstand all of your food and drink related abuse, just don’t completely drop it in your beverage and you should be alright. Plus the buttons look big enough that your grandmother can easily use it.

MX-5000 universal remote with haptic feedback

Posted in Remotes by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2009

MX-5000 universal remote with haptic feedbackHey you! Yeah you. Are you into snazzy remotes that cost a ton? URC would like you to drool over this one. The first universal remote control with haptic feedback. It’s URC’s new MX-5000 remote (along with the touchscreen MX-6000 above).

The remote features a 2.7-inch touchscreen, built-in WiFi, narrowband RF and IR. Heck, this thing can probably control a satellite. It also comes with a base station for various IR and RS-232 components and a built-in rechargeable battery and charging base.

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.