Apple Would Like Universal Remote

apple_universal_remote_blueprintAn intriguing and innovative patent application, which was registered by Apple in September 2011, has appeared.  The patent app explains a new universal remote control program that appears to be unique to Apple. Named Apparatus and Method to Facilitate Universal Remote Control, the application proceeds to describe a universal remote control that has a user-friendly UI [...]

Peel Controls Your A/V Gear Using Your iOS Device and Its ‘Peel Fruit’ Networked IR Blaster

Peel App and Fruit AccessoryYesterday we highlighted Dijit's universal remote app and Bluetooth IR blaster accessory. Well, it turns out another company called Peel has been hard at work on a similar setup, though from all appearances they seem to be a bit further along. Like Dijit, Peel offers an IR blaster accessory (available at your local Apple Store for $99.95), [...]

Dijit Wants to Be Your Smartphone’s Universal Remote App and More

Dijit with Griffin Beacon GraphicLast week I had the opportunity to visit Dijit's San Francisco headquarters. The small startup in a nutshell wants to turn your smartphone or tablet into a customizable universal remote. Sure, we've seen this kind of tech before, but Dijit has an interesting twist. The company has partnered with Griffin to sell a $79 Bluetooth IR [...]

Conspin ANDI-ONE Universal Wi-Fi / IR / RF Controller Runs Android Apps, Handles Your Home Theater Gear

Conspin ANDI-ONEUsing a smartphone as a universal remote is nothing new. However, a remote that runs a smartphone OS like Android (specifically version 2.1) and has the ability to manage your home theater gear (up to 50 devices!) over Wi-Fi, IR, or RF is. So no matter where you are in the house Conspin's ANDI-ONE [PDF] [...]

Dual-sided Motorola NYXboard IR / RF Remote Now Available for Pre-Order

Motorola NYXboard RemotePulse-Eight, a XBMC system builder, has just listed Motorola's NYXboard dual-sided remote up for pre-sale on its website for $59.99 (ETA: 6/27/11). The remote was originally intended for TV set-top box use, but apparently Pulse-Eight talked Motorola into letting it sell the XBMC compatible remote on its own. The NYXboard is IR and RF capable [...]

MerMar Designs Unveils Ether IR, an Ethernet Enabled Universal Remote Control System

MerMar Designs Ether IR PrototypeThe goal for many creating a home theater system is to one day be able to manage the whole system with one remote, and ideally from another room or from a component closest. Well, MerMar Designs may have a solution that will interest you. The "open source electronics" developer has an Ethernet board that has [...]

Philips SRM7500 Windows Media Center Universal Remote with SideShow Functionality Available Now

Philips SRM7500 Remote and FlyerAfter the demise of Ricavision, all hopes for a Windows SidesShow remote for Windows Media Center seemed lost (most MCE users were holding out for the RICA100 or VAVE100). Well, folks, Philips apparently stepped up to the plate a while back (May 2007 according to Amazon.com) to fill the niche and didn't make a big [...]

Logitech Introduces the Harmony 510 Universal Remote

Logitech 510The average consumer makes their first entry into the integrated world through the remote control. It is no wonder then that the remote manufacturers are producing low cost universal remotes that will entice said average consumer. What is surprising is that Logitech has not made a big deal about their newest remote, the Harmony 510 [...]