New accessory and App turns your iPhone or iPod Touch into a full-featued universal remote.
It would appear that the iPhone and iPod Touch universal remote market is starting to heat up, with the recent announcement at CES 2010 of two different solutions. The first today comes from L5 Technology, who has developed a small add-on piece of hardware and an App compatible with all iPhone and iPod Touch models, which turns the devices into universal remote controls capable of controlling up to 1,000 components with 100,000 total buttons.
Other features include drag-and-drop user interface design, activities, multi-room capability, macros and code learning. The cost is $49.95 for both hardware and software.
The original press release is included below.
L5 Remote Turns Any iPhone or iPod Touch into a Universal Remote Control
L5 Remote Debuts at CES 2010
LAS VEGAS, (January 4, 2010) – L5 Technology today introduced the L5 Remote, an accessory and free app that turn any iPhone or iPod touch into a universal remote control. Launching at ShowStoppers @ CES, the L5 Remote provides consumers with a powerful alternative for replacing multiple and often-confusing remote control devices. The L5 Remote transforms the iPhone and iPod touch into a personal universal remote that controls televisions, DVDs, DVRs, cable boxes, audio equipment, and most other products that come with an infrared remote.
Developed by L5 Technology, the L5 Remote is comprised of a very small hardware device that plugs into an iPhone or iPod touch dock connector, plus a free app to be available from the iTunes App Store. The L5 Remote offers quick and easy set-up, using a drag and drop feature so consumers can create their own ideal, personally customized remote control interface. The L5 Remote is priced at MSRP $49.95 and will be available for purchase in February from the L5 Technology web site www.L5remote.com
and retailers nationwide.
“With the fast pace of innovation in the smartphone market, handhelds are becoming the consumer electronics platform of choice, causing disruptions across many markets. We see peripherals that connect smartphones to the physical world as key components in the revolution,” said Wade McNary, CEO of L5 Technology. “Leveraging the power, versatility, and portability of handheld devices, and following Apple’s philosophy of design elegance and simplicity, we have solved a common problem. This one small device reverses a long trend toward complexity in remote controls.”
How Does L5 Remote Work?
Consumers purchase the L5 Remote hardware – an adaptor measuring 1.25 x .85 inches – and plug it into the iPhone or iPod touch docking port. They will then be prompted to download a free app from the iTunes App Store, which allows them to simply drag-and-drop any desired combination of buttons to create their own perfect remote control interface. A short, guided training sequence follows, resulting in a smart remote control that replaces their pile of old remotes with a single powerful and convenient one.
Using infrared technology, the L5 Remote can control any number of devices in any number of rooms. Consumers can easily set it up to control products in the living room, bedroom, office, or any other location. The L5 Remote will work to a distance of approximately 30 feet.
The L5 Remote is portable and does not require batteries, Wi-Fi or external power to work. The product can control thousands of devices, including TVs, cable boxes, stereos, DVD players, ceiling fans, air conditioners, and many other products.
About L5 Technology
Founded by two Silicon Valley innovators with a track record and passion for creating products, L5 Technology is developing and marketing smartphone peripherals for the entertainment and gaming markets. The company is finding new ways to leverage the power, portability, and versatility of smartphones to take them far beyond communications devices. The company is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. To learn more, please visit www.L5Technology.com.
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