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January 6, 2008

Logitech Set To Release Harmony One Remote: Available For Pre-Order For $249.99

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Logitech is set to release the latest remote in the company's incredibly successful lineup of Harmony touchscreen remotes. The Logitech Harmony One features one-touch control of your entire home theater system replacing up to 15 remotes, greatly simplifying your home theater automation. It's user-friendly touchscreen display is fully colored and backlit for use in dark environments and has an integrated rechargeable battery so you'll never have to worry about dead batteries at the worst possible time, because we all know that's the way things usually work, right? Setting up the remote to integrate with your home theater is simple with online setup and a knowledge of 225, 000 devices from 5000 brands making it unlikely that you own anything the Harmony One can't work with.

The Harmony One works with most recent operating systems including Windows 2000, XP, and Vista as well as all Macintosh operating systems OS X 10.3 and later and was the winner of the Best Of Innovations award in home theater accessories at the ongoing CES 2008.

The Logitech Harmony One is available for pre-order with free shipping on Amazon for $249.99.

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October 22, 2007

Remote Excess: Piltius TV Remote Control

Okay everyone, the boss is going to be kicking my ass for this one, so this pic is up for a limited time only! After that it'll just be a link. Check out Art Lebedev's Piltius remote control, the remote with as many buttons as there are channels on a TV. While maybe not quite, but at 20 inches or a half meter long, you'll never lose this one!

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Sorry Jay, you have to admit this is kinda funny! I'll change the pic to a link later! Oh, by the way, this baby runs on two AAA batteries.

Via artlebedev.com

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October 13, 2007

Ceramic Remote Control: Never Lose It Again

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(Credit: Yuta Watanabe)

You know how frustrating it is to lose your remote control. I know I do it at least once a day, always when I need it most. Designer Yuta Watanabe has found a "form over function" solution to this annoying problem. Watanabe has designed a ceramic remote based on the thinking that when something is delicate we place a higher value upon it. You'll obviously be a little bit more careful about where you place this remote as to not end up finding it in a million pieces on your next remote search. The "form over function" design has another benefit in that the remote actually looks good sitting on top of the coffee table when not in use.

Via core77.com's design blog

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October 3, 2007

Tired Of Sharing The TV? Get Your Hands On The Ninja Remote

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Do you ever watch TV with someone who has a completely different taste in television content than you? Do you ever just want to get up and change the channel? Well it's time for you to have a little fun!

ThinkGeek is selling a product called a Ninja Remote. It's a small remote that you can basically hide in your pocket and when that hated show comes on, you just press mute and then take over the television. Mess with the volume, change the channel, all that kind of fun stuff. The Ninja Remote only costs $9 and works with most major brand name televisions.

Via Shiny Shiny

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September 17, 2007

Get Weather and Sport Scores on Acoustic Research's WiFi Remote

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Want to get the weather and sports scores on your remote? Acoustic Research has announced a new Wi-Fi remote that can do just that. Available in October, the gadget's built-in Wi-Fi technology allows you to use your connection to get the latest weather reports, sports scores, headlines and what's playing on your favorite channels right to the color LCD display on your remote control. The ARRU449 can handle everything from your DVD player to your DVR to a satellite receiver, and it's only going to cost you $399.99.

Via Gizmodo at Acoustic Research

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September 7, 2007

Waterproof Remote Can Be Used in Hot Tub

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Tired of killing your remote when you spill your coffee or try and use it in the hot tub? The universal remote from Remote Technologies Inc. is completely waterproof and has a slew of new features you'll want in your remote. The remote features RF transmissions so you won't have to be in the line of sight as you clean up that coffee spill. The bummer? It's going to set you back $500 to get it, but after you realize you've purchased 10 remotes in the past due to total spill destruction, it will be well worth it.

Via OhGizmo! at TV Remote

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August 17, 2007

Logitech Harmony 670 Universal Remote

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With a rather large price drop of over $150, the Logitech Harmony 670 Universal Remote is a total steal. It's Easy to set up - Just connect your Harmony remote to your computer and the Web wizard walks you step-by-step through a simple set up. Enter the model numbers of your components, then answer a few easy questions about how you Watch TV or Watch a DVD. Harmony lets you control even the most complex system without the hassle of programming complicated macros.

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June 14, 2007

First Look: Philips SJM3151 iPod-Friendly Universal Remote

You already know we dig Phillips remotes. Crave.com has a look at another cool remote from Phillips, the SJM3151 iPod-Friendly Universal Remote. This is one of the first remotes we've seen based on the Zigbee wireless standard. According to Crave:

But why clutter the coffee table with yet another remote? That's where the Philips SJM3151 comes in. The remote does double duty as a standard six-device universal remote and a full-service iPod remote, complete with a built-in LCD screen that mirrors that of a docked iPod. Based on the Philips SRU9600, the remote can be programmed to control via infrared the usual bevy of home theater gear--TV, cable/satellite box, DVD player, AV receiver--but it also uses the Zigbee RF wireless standard to communicate with the included iPod dock at distances up to 300 feet.

Wow! If you looking for a pretty powerful remote, you want to keep an eye for this one. Crave says we should see the SJM3151 around the Fall of 2007 for around $180.

At Crave.com

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May 4, 2007

Review: Logitech 555/550 Universal Remote Control

One of these days remote controls will be able to read our minds and will switch channels for us without us even touching the buttons! Okay, maybe that's a little wishful thinking but remotes are getting more sophisticated every day. One remote we really like is the Logitech 555 (known as the 550 for those of us in the US). UrbanGiraffe.com has a nice review of the Logitech 555 that's pretty positive and concludes:

The Logitech Harmony 555 is a great universal remote control. Basing the control around activities rather than devices is much more human friendly, and opens up a complicated set of equipment to the non-technologically minded. While the bundled software is comprehensive, it can be intimidating and slow to use, but the time spent configuring a system is returned in the lack of hassle using it.

The control is very sleek and lightweight, but suffers from several ergonomic issues, most noticeable of which are the placement of play/pause buttons in relation to the equally important channel/volume buttons. Tactile feedback is generally good, except for that volume/channel buttons which are plastic and noisy.

For the price the remote is very good value for money, and if you’re in the market for an easy remote control that’s a step above traditional high-street remotes, but isn’t going to break the bank or your brain then the Harmony 555 is highly recommended.

For under a $100 we here at TVSnob think you might want to take a look at the 555.

At UrbanGiraffe.com

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April 13, 2007

Review: tvCompass Wi-Fi Smart Remote

If you haven't noticed, we really dig remotes here at TVSnob and I think most of us forget how important remotes are until we lose one. One remote that grabs our interest is the new tvCompass Wi-Fi Smart Remote which has quite a few cool features. According to Wi-FiPlanet, the basics of the remote are:

The $299 (MSRP) Smart Remote uses the familiar wand style that most people are comfortable holding, as opposed the tabletop or two-handed designs becoming more common. The remote sports a spacious 2.2-inch color LCD atop a pair of soft keys (whose functions change depending what's on the screen), while a numeric keypad and a familiar array of several dozen function keys round out the front of the unit.

Many universal remotes use common alkaline batteries, but a Wi-Fi-enabled device like the Smart Remote would likely suck them dry over the course of a day's programming. Therefore, the Smart Remote uses its own internal and rechargeable Lithium Ion battery (define), which isn't user-accessible and is rated to last about a week (our test unit's battery was still going strong after about three days of use). The remote we tested was connected to an AC adapter for charging, but tvCompass informed us that future units would ship with a more convenient charging dock.

Here's the really cool part of the remote:

Another feature that takes advantage of the Smart Remote's connectivity is click365, which uses RSS feeds to let you access info from news, sports, weather and shopping sites (such as Amazon.com) directly through the remote. You can't actually make product purchases through the remote (at least, not yet) and some feeds simply present an abstract and send more detailed information to you via e-mail. At the moment there are only a handful of feeds available and you can't add your own custom feeds, though tvCompass says that ability will be forthcoming.

While reading RSS feeds on a remote may not be for everyone, it's neat to see how remote controls keep evolving into mini-network appliances.

At Wi-FiPlanet.com

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