Dock Accessory to Turn iPhone Into Universal IR Remote
Rē Remote Control is a a new plug-in accessory for the iPhone (and iPod touch?) dock port that aims to turn Apple's mobile platform into the holy grail of living room devices -- a full programmable, multitouch universal RI remote.
Word has it the unveiling will be at CES in January, and TiPb will try to check it out and see if it impresses. However, given how slick WiFi-based remote apps have been for Apple TV, Keynote, VLC, Boxee, etc. it's safe to say we're the tiniest bit excited at the possibilities.
The only drawback looks to be the hefty on-device dongle. What say you, is this the way to go or would you prefer a Bluetooth box that sits with your AV gear and handles the remote duties off-device?
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My new blu-ray does connect to the network to download stuf, but I haven't figured out, yet, how to control it that way.
Bluetooth Remote App for the PS3 is what they should be working on! IR is ancient technology!
In some ways, old Palm devices were actually ahead of the curve here... I had a remote application for my old Pilot 5000 (yes, I'm that old) that I could control the TV with, using the Palm's onboard IR. It was great fun annoying my wife by switching channels when she had the "real" remote.
But I'm guessing you'd have to take something else out of the iPhone to make room for an IR system, and I'm not really in favor of that. In a better world, our stereos, televisions, etc, would use some common bluetooth or wifi interface, but we're just not there yet. I don't see a really workable solution right now.