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May 5, 2006

Remobeads - The Artistic Approach to Remote Controls

If the typical remote just isn't your style, you can always think about a string of Remobeads. According to

With television arguably acting as our national religion, the remote control should really look the part of a religious object. That might have been what Russian designer Dima Komissarov had in mind when he designed the Remobeads, a string of electronic pearls that can change the channel.

Of course the article also states:

And of course, like all of our friend Dima's designs, it's merely a concept and there are no plans to put the Remobeads into production.

A beaded remote isn't quite my cup of tea but I'm sure a few of you are drooling over it! If we ever hear of a beaded remote going into production, we'll be sure to let you know.

At [thanks Jay]

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April 11, 2006

Philips RC9800i Touch Screen Remote Review

While the invention of the Television in the 1920s is considered to be one of the greatest moments in history, the TV really came into it's own with the invention of the wireless TV remote. It's fascinating to realize that the wireless remote is more than 50 years old. According to Zenith:

Zenith engineer Eugene Polley invented the "Flashmatic," which represented the industry's first wireless TV remote. Introduced in 1955, Flashmatic operated by means of four photo cells, one in each corner of the TV screen. The viewer used a highly directional flashlight to activate the four control functions, which turned the picture and sound on and off and changed channels by turning the tuner dial clockwise and counter-clockwise.

Wow-- If it wasn't for the "Flashmatic", the TV may have just been a fad! Anyway, aside from innovations like "universal" remotes, the remote control has pretty much stayed the same. I mean, what more can a remote do, right?

Well, that's where the Philips RC9800i comes into the picture. With all of it's features, it's kind of hard to call the RC9800i a remote. Before we get started on the review, lets talk about the basic specs:

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March 9, 2006

Putting the Philips RC9800i Through it's Paces

rc9800i.jpgSo I got my Philips RC9800i Touchscreen Remote review unit yesterday. While I'll save the details for our upcoming review, I have to say the 9800i definitely makes a great first impression. In fact I had to keep telling the boys to get away from the remote (it doesn't float in drool).

This is definitely the largest remote I've used but it definitely has a lot of features (you should see the manual!). Probably the coolest feature so far is the built-in Electronic Program Guide (EPG). Yep, I can actually see what time Oprah SportsCenter is on and click straight through from the guide. Pretty sweet! Okay, that's all of the teasing for now.

So I guess I'm going to have to watch an extra amount of TV so I can put the 9800i though it's paces. Life is so hard!

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February 16, 2006

Philips RC9800i Touchscreen Remote Control Review

rc9800i.jpgIn this day and age, a $5 remote just doesn't cut it anymore. Heck, it probably won't be too long till the remote can watch the TV for us. Until then, if you want one heck of a remote, you'll want to check out the Philips RC9800i Touchscreen Remote. Robert over at has a nice review that states:

The Philips RC9800i is an infrared wireless remote controller that is 5-inches wide, 4-inches high, with a 3.5-inch color LCD touch screen and a series control buttons.

The RC9800i features 32MB of internal memory and an internal database with remote control codes for over 1,100 brands of audio and video components. The database can be expanded through software upgrades via the RC9800i's USB interface, in conjunction with a PC.

In addition to its larage database capacity, the RC9800i can also learn remote control commands by interfacing with original remote controls.

The RC9800 is also compatible with audio/video home networking control functions via Wi-Fi connectivity.

The RC9800i can control components individually or by group activity.

The RC9800i also offers Electronic Program Guide (EPG) interface capability.

This is a pretty sweet remote, just ignore the fact that it costs as much a 77 Chevy Nova with a serious oil leak.

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January 18, 2006

Logitech Harmony Advanced Universal Remote for Xbox 360 Review

The other day, we introduced the Logitech Harmony Advanced Universal Remote for Xbox 360. Well, already has a pretty positive review posted:

Life is absolutely chummy with the Logitech Harmony Advanced Universal Remote for Xbox 360 - so much so that I’ve put the Sony remote up for sale now. The key to making the Harmony remote work for you is in the setup/configuration. Once you have the configuration down pat, this will be the only remote control that you’ll ever need - especially for Xbox 360 console owners.

At [via eHomeUpgrade]

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January 13, 2006

Harmony Advanced Universal Remote for Xbox 360

Looking for a universal remote that controls your Xbox 360 right out of the box? You'll want to take a look at the Harmony Advanced Universal Remote for Xbox 360 which has a small review of:

So what makes this unit unique? It can operate an Xbox 360. This is essentially the Harmony 520 model, with a new color scheme and the Guide/Info buttons replaced by a row of X, Y, A, and B buttons. The Xbox 360 can be turned on and off by remote, and is made so that simple games from the Xbox Live Arcade (like card games, chess, or checkers) can be played with the remote's simple four-way pad and four face buttons. This version of the Harmony remote includes the necessary functions, and is automatically set up to control your Xbox 360 out of the box. It's pricey, but it's the perfect way to consolidate that coffee table full of remotes for the Xbox 360 fan that has way too much stuff hooked up in his home entertainment system.

At $130US this remote won't be for everyone, but heck you've spent so much on your Xbox 360, what's a few more bucks?


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September 5, 2005

Logitech Harmony 890 Universal Remote with RF & IR Capabilities

Harmony890 Wow. RF and IR in a remote with a color screen just like the Harmony 880? We are impressed here at TV Snob. I love the Harmony series of remotes, and instead of having to worry about any line of site with IR, you could pick up an entire RF set of remote repeaters for the house.

Logitech´s Harmony 890 Remote Control uses both radio frequency (RF) and infrared (IR) wireless signals to deliver complete control of your home-entertainment system that may be hidden behind cabinets or in separate rooms. With a wireless range of up to 100 feet, the Harmony 890 remote sends RF commands to a base station, which then blasts infrared signals to any components in that zone. With the Harmony 890 remote, you can create a system that involves multiple remotes and/or base stations to deliver control of all the entertainment zones throughout the home. This one is not too shabby, although at $399 USD, the only place we might see these in action is on MTV Cribs.

Via Gear Live

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August 10, 2005

Logitech Harmony 880 Advanced Universal Remote Review

Harmonyremote880Diag We've been waiting for a review of the new 880 from Harmony as we have the Harmony Remote SST-688 and love it. Our living room was cluttered with remote madness prior to getting a Harmony, and now we are really excited to see how a Harmony with a color screen improves on the one we have. Gear Live has a very detailed and very telling review of the new Harmony 880 remote.

At Gear Live

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April 25, 2005

The Poor Man’s Tivo

Bittorrent AppA complete visual guide to all things TV and how to get it from the net. Use at your own discretion indeed.

All Forces » Blog Archive » The Poor Man’s Tivo:
Why do I want to watch TV in my computer you might ask? You don’t have to. You can burn a DVD of the show or connect a powerbook to a TV. The compression quality of the shows are usually good enough to be watched full screen on the Mac or TV. These video files are made by viewers who record them, edit commercials out and the post them online for people to download. This is a visual guide to downloading them.Disclaimer: This of course is for research purposes only. Use at your own discretion and do not hold me liable.
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Airclick USB - Control Your HTPC

Airclick UsbI've been looking for a solution to control my MacMini that I'm using for iTunes, EyeTV and a DVD player in my home theatre set up, and it looks like Griffin has come to the rescue again. You can control not only iTunes and other multimedia applications - but powerpoint too. So taking this little baby on the road should allow for use with demonstrations.

AirClick USB is a remote for Mac and PC computers. The receiver module attaches to any available USB port (including hubs) and receives signal from up to 60 feet away. AirClick USB is ideal for controlling applications including iTunes, QuickTime, and even Keynote or PowerPoint.
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