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December 18, 2008

Philips Prestigo SRT9320: Attractive But Pricey

SRT9320.jpgPhilips Prestigo SRT9320 universal remote control is nothing short of beautiful. At the top end is a 2.8-inch color touchscreen with all your channels, logos and all. On the bottom end is a variety of hard keys that control every function. The SRT9320 is fully programmable without connecting to a PC--it comes with a USB connect for firmware updates--though CNET reports its much easier to use the PC for "multidevice macros". The Prestigo can control up to 20 different devices so I can see how a computer connection might simplify things here. Available in the first quarter of 2009, Philips Prestigo SRT9320 will set you back $249.

Via Crave

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July 6, 2008

Niles iRemote TS: Whole Home A/V Control At Price

iremote-ts(2).jpgThe Niles iRemote TS is an attractive looking wireless remote from Niles Audio, designed to control super-featured home theater systems and whole home distributed A/V systems. Featuring large buttons and a color touchscreen, the iRemote TS uses Zigbee 2-way wireless technology to "provide users with the metadata to scan, select and play program material from menu-based digital sources". Non-Zigbee equipped devices can be controlled by the remote using the usual infrared means and it even comes with its own charging station. The only problem with the iRemote TS is its price: $1300.

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June 20, 2008

ESPN's Ultimate Remote Gets Reviewed-Ultimately Not So Ultimate

0,1425,sz=1&i=186965,00(2).jpgDespite the claim by ESPN that its Ultimate Remote is just that, the reviewers over at PC Mag think otherwise. First of all though, what makes the Ultimate Remote so different from the rest? It features 802.11g WiFi compatibility so you can surf the web and check your email from your home theater. Great, definitely a handy feature and it's pretty cool looking too and that really makes a difference. However, take a closer look and you'll see clustered buttons that aren't "finger-friendly", and once you actually press the buttons when it comes time to configure the remote to your home theater setup, you'll find the usual list of codes that make remote setup's a pain in the ass.

Once it is all setup it does have some useful features such as a learning mode that remembers button sequences for certain tasks you may perform and you can also program the remote to perform multiple button tasks with one button push. The problem is, devices such as the Logitech Harmony One are much easier to setup, better designed and, perhaps most importantly, cheaper. In fact, PC Mag says the Harmony One still reigns as the ultimate remote. Time for a name change ESPN.

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Via PC Mag

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June 15, 2008

How To Turn The 3G iPhone Into A Universal Remote

iphone-Sky(2).jpgSteve Moore, a London-based installer, has come up with a reasonably low-cost way to turn an iPhone into a universal remote. Using an application called AirRemote, which will be available via Apple's App Store after July 11 for $99, and a Global Cache communications box ($120-$150) that converts the iPhone's IP commands into infrared signals that can be read by home theater products, the iPhone remote is the latest iPhone hack lending itself to home automation. The setup will also work with the iPod Touch, a slightly more expensive route given the media players $299 price tag. The AirRemote application also enables the iPhone to control AMX or Crestron home automation systems, letting you control pretty well any home electronic system from the iPhone. Moore says support for more devices is on the way, so keep your eyes peeled for this one.

Via CEPro

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June 3, 2008

Whistle And Find Remote Control Finder: Featuring A Whistle You're Guaranteed To Lose

rcfind.jpgTelevision remote controls fall into the same class as car keys, your wallet or purse, and cell phone. That class being known as perpetually missing. That's where the Whistle And Find Remote Control Finder comes in. All's you do is attach a "caddy" to your remote that flashes and beeps when it goes missing...when you blow a special whistle. Trouble is the whistle is tiny, much tinier than the remote. Too bad you can't use the remote to find the whistle.

Via Oh Gizmo!

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May 22, 2008

Save Home Theater Energy Usage With The Energy Saver Universal Remote Control

Energy Saver Remote.jpgAny home theater enthusiast should know by now that all their high tech equipment sucks up a whole lot of energy. Enter one possible solution to that problem: the Energy Saver universal remote control produced by One For All. First of all the Energy Saver remote allows you to control all of your home theater devices from one remote, eliminating the need for confusing remote clutter. As you can can probably guess from the name, the real important feature of the Energy Saver remote is its ability to save energy used by everyone of your home theater's devices. The remote comes with a plug-in that can connect to four different devices. By routing electricity through the plug-in a device that typically consumers 9.7 Watts per hours would only consumer 0.9 Watts. And when your home theater isn't actually running most devices will still consumer about 1.5 Watts per hour. A special "Green Button" on the remote, when pressed, will cut off electrical access to the plug-in, eliminating energy usage all together. An initial investment of $80 is required to get your hands on the Energy Saver remote, but we imagine it would pay for itself in time.

Via GoodCleanTech

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March 27, 2008

ApriPoko: The Ultimate Robot Friend/Personalized Universal Remote Control

apripoko1.jpgLooks like Toshiba's failure with HD DVD has spurred them into entering the remote control market, and this time it looks to be no holds barred. The 5 pound, 11-inch ApriPoko can detect infrared signals from home theater devices resulting in the android asking you, "What did you just do?". If you tell ApriPoko you just ordered an on-demand movie, it will commit the command to memory so the next time you want to do the same thing you can just tell your robot friend to do it for you. By learning about your behavior through Q&A, ApriPoko functions as the ultimate personalized universal remote. ApriPoko is still in the R&D stages but is expected to eventually be released to the consumer market.

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February 26, 2008

TV Remote's Don't Need Buttons: The Origami TV Remote Brings Simplicity To The Home Theater

4097_1_230.jpegThe Origami TV Remote Control, designed last year by Hayeon Yoo, eliminates the complications inherent in today's remote controls. Using only Max/Msp software, wireless keyboard sensors, paper, and some folding skills, the Origami TV Remote Control uses simple movements based on the popular kid's cootie catcher and is designed for kids, although most adults would probably appreciate its simplicity.

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February 25, 2008

Classic Nintendo Controller Remote Helps Us Remember The Gool Ol' Days

nintendo_remote.jpgMost of us immersed in the working world these days don't have a lot of time to play good ol' video games, although most of us probably wish we did. Those in the 25-35 age group or thereabouts probably spend a good chunk of their childhood sitting in front of their CRT TV's playing Nintendo...classic Nintendo. Now, even with your lack of time, you can at least reminisce with the Nintendo Controller Universal Remote, available from Thinkgeek.com for $12.99 and, get this, delivered to your door in a winged turtle shell! Remember Super Mario Bros.?

Via Gizmos For Geeks

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January 23, 2008

Game Card Remote: Poker And The Art Of Changing The Channel

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Designed by Sungwoo Park, the Game Card remote uses the typical movements used in handling cards during a card game to take care of the usual remote control functions. Using a grip located in the in the center, similar to where you'd place your thumb when holding playing cards, you change the volume by sliding your thumb up and down and change the channel by sliding the top card over a notch. So simple yet so cool.

Via Yanko Design

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