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This Little Hub Turns Any Phone or Computer Into a Universal Remote. (Learns and Sends Codes)
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Post 16 made on Thursday December 29, 2016 at 21:49
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On December 29, 2016 at 21:01, CI256 said...
I installed and programmed URC, ProControl, and Control4 systems for years. I don't work in the industry anymore and I just gave my MX 980/MRF-350 to my parents and replaced it with the SimpleControl iPhone app with the Simple Blaster. It works great and even had the codes for my electric screen. Frankly I use my Apple TV remote for almost everything. There is a place for these devices.

Yep

at your grandma's house ;>0
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Post 17 made on Thursday December 29, 2016 at 22:05
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I never said I would install one for a customer. A physical remote is always a better option than a touch screen IMO. I never thought I would be using my phone to control my system. I just don't have the need for anything more complex at the moment. In the future I may and I will get a real control system again. My point was that, at least in the case of SimpleControl, these systems can work quite well.
Post 18 made on Friday December 30, 2016 at 01:14
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On December 29, 2016 at 18:28, King of typos said...
I wonder if I can point at the wife to order my dinner???

Let me point out to the original poster just how old all these ideas are. This cartoon dates from the early early days of remote controls.




Other guys will order other things from their wives.... There are LOTS of Rodrigues cartoons about stereo, by the way.
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Post 19 made on Friday December 30, 2016 at 03:38
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How about just adding 4-6 IR emitter ports that are simply tied to the blaster? Maybe a customize-able UI instead of a screen full of text based buttons... With a few tweaks, this could be halfway decent.
Post 20 made on Friday December 30, 2016 at 10:00
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On December 30, 2016 at 03:38, gwstudios said...
How about just adding 4-6 IR emitter ports that are simply tied to the blaster? Maybe a customize-able UI instead of a screen full of text based buttons... With a few tweaks, this could be halfway decent.

There might be an opportunity for you to generate and sell some device "shells" that a customer can string together.

My take on this is that the box receives HTTP requests and the user interface runs in a browser and can be generated using standard HTML editing tools. If the user is able to operate in this environment this might be an OK DIY package.
Post 21 made on Friday December 30, 2016 at 12:58
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On December 30, 2016 at 10:00, buzz said...
There might be an opportunity for you to generate and sell some device "shells" that a customer can string together.

My take on this is that the box receives HTTP requests and the user interface runs in a browser and can be generated using standard HTML editing tools. If the user is able to operate in this environment this might be an OK DIY package.

Except for the IR blaster deal....

Those days are pretty much GONE....
Post 22 made on Friday December 30, 2016 at 17:45
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Post 23 made on Saturday December 31, 2016 at 02:08
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Reads like another kickstarter get rich quick scheme that will never amount to anything tangible.

Good luck reeling in the suckers!
Post 24 made on Saturday December 31, 2016 at 16:46
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On December 29, 2016 at 13:47, kgossen said...
But hey, it's not as bad as Apple thinking they're incredibly innovative by putting an emoji bar on their new macbooks! Amazing thing is they're the first to do it, they actually didn't steal from somebody else!

I'm not an Apple user so can't say first hand, but when I saw the video few months ago, it looked cool.

You're also wrong about them being the first to come out with it and not stealing the idea from others.
Someone had this out 3 or 4 years ago, but idea never took of because OEM's on PC side didn't want to commit to hardware without software support, and software developers didn't want to spend time designing GUI without knowing what if any demand was going to be.
Post 25 made on Saturday December 31, 2016 at 23:06
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On December 31, 2016 at 16:46, Mario said...
Someone had this out 3 or 4 years ago, but idea never took of because OEM's on PC side didn't want to commit to hardware without software support, and software developers didn't want to spend time designing GUI without knowing what if any demand was going to be.

This doesn't sound very applish. Isn't apple the company that develops, manufactures and sells us things so they can tell us what we want and need?
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Post 26 made on Sunday January 1, 2017 at 06:52
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When I worked at Chrysler there was a large churn of process engineers. Each successive engineer would come up with some grand idea of how to improve a job/group of jobs on the assembly line.

It didn't matter how logical that "lowly" line guy's (who had been installing said part 800 times per day for twenty years making him the worlds foremost expert on installing said part) argument against was. or how many previous engineers had the same "original" concept, forced implementation of it, wasted time and money.

No, the engineers idea was somehow magically better.

I never met a process engineer there that could accept the fact that their idea was not novel.
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Post 27 made on Sunday January 1, 2017 at 10:20
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On December 31, 2016 at 23:06, Ernie Gilman said...
This doesn't sound very applish. Isn't apple the company that develops, manufactures and sells us things so they can tell us what we want and need?

How is that different from the AV manufacturers?
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