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Logitech Announces Two New Harmony Models
"Harmony Ultimate" hybrid touchscreen and "Harmony Smart Control" models join the ranks.
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Logitech may have revealed earlier this year that they’re looking to sell off the Harmony line, but that apparently doesn’t mean they’re content to rest on their laurels in the meanwhile. Some users have noted a recent unavailability of all but the newest Harmony remotes in retail stores, and attributed that to Logitech winding down production. Nope! Turns out they were merely waiting for their brand new models to become available!

First up in today's announcement is the Harmony Ultimate, a 15-device IR/RF universal remote priced at $349.99 MSRP that features a 2.4” color touchscreen supporting swipes and taps. It features vibration feedback, backlit buttons, a tilt sensor, offers direct control of Philips Hue lighting systems, the ability to place different commands on buttons for both “short” or “long” presses, and comes with a rechargeable battery pack and docking station.

The Harmony Smart Control is an 8-device all-hard-button IR/RF remote priced at $129.99 MSRP, intended to be paired with the included Harmony Smartphone App. The app, which is also included with the Ultimate, allows full WiFi-based control over your entertainment system from your iOS or Android phone.

Both new remotes are RF-enabled and ship with the Harmony Hub, a wireless basestation that not only offers non-line-of-sight control over traditional infrared devices, but even Bluetooth game controls such as the Sony PS3, Nintendo Wii, and the Wii U.

You can order the Harmony Ultimate and Harmony Smart Control from Amazon.com right now!

The complete press release is provided below, and after the press release you’ll find detailed features and specifications.


Logitech Reimagines Home Control with Two New Advanced Harmony Universal Remotes

Logitech Harmony Hub Adds Closed-Cabinet, Game Console and Lighting Control to Your Universal Remote and Smartphone

NEWARK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Today Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) announced the expansion of its award-winning universal remote control lineup with the Logitech Harmony® Ultimate and the Logitech Harmony® Smart Control. Both products feature Logitech’s Harmony Hub and Harmony Smartphone App to enable closed-cabinet control and one-touch entertainment access to game consoles from your universal remote or smartphone. The Harmony Hub takes personalizing your activities a step farther into home control with the ability to program your Philips Hue lights to the desired brightness and color with a tap of the Logitech Harmony Ultimate.

“We’ve elevated the universal remote to the next level, taking a personalized approach to home entertainment,” said Joerg Tewes vice president of Logitech’s digital home business group at Logitech. “Furthermore, our Harmony product line is no longer just about entertainment access – we’ve designed the Logitech Harmony Ultimate so you can also control your home’s lighting. Now you can tune the TV, start a movie and adjust your lights to set the mood, with the touch of your finger.”

The Logitech Harmony Ultimate and Logitech Harmony Smart Control are compatible with more than 225,000 home-entertainment devices and more than 5,000 brands. Both include the Harmony Hub, which uses Bluetooth® wireless technology to power on game consoles such as the Sony PS3®, Nintendo Wii® and Wii U. The Harmony Hub also controls infrared devices inside closed entertainment cabinets and without the need to point at them. Each also comes with the Harmony Smartphone App, which anyone in the house can download to turn his or her smartphone into a personal universal remote.

Able to control up to 15 devices, the Logitech Harmony Ultimate is a fully featured remote with a 2.4-inch color touch-screen that enables no-look control over television programs, movies and music by using simple swipes and taps. It also introduces the ability to program Philips Hue lighting systems with entertainment activities allowing you to adjust the room’s lighting as easily as changing the volume of your television. Other exclusive features include vibration feedback so you know it received your touch-screen commands, tilt sensors and buttons programmable for both short and long presses, doubling the available functions.

The Logitech Harmony Smart Control and Harmony Smartphone App turn your iOS or Android phone into a universal remote, giving you personalized control of up to eight devices from anywhere in the house using the smartphone you already own. Plus, it includes a simple remote control for when your smartphone isn’t handy.

Pricing and Availability
These new products join the Logitech Harmony Touch to complete the Logitech Harmony remote lineup. The Logitech Harmony Ultimate is expected to be available in the U.S. in April and Europe in May 2013, for a suggested retail price of $349.99 in the U.S. The Logitech Harmony Smart Control is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe in May 2013, for a suggested retail price of $129.99 in the U.S. The Logitech Harmony Smartphone App will be available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play. For more information, please visit www.logitech.com or our blog.


More on the Logitech Harmony® Ultimate

The Harmony® brand is no longer just about entertainment access. The Logitech Harmony® Ultimate is the first step in reimagining home control, giving you one-touch access to turn on your TV, start your Blu-ray player and dim your Philips Hue lights to set the mood. The remote includes the Harmony Hub RF receiver, which turns RF signals from the remote into IR and Bluetooth® commands your devices can understand. With the Logitech Harmony Ultimate, you can access your devices – including IR devices and game consoles – through cabinets and walls. And, with the optional Harmony Smartphone App, anyone in the house can turn his or her smartphone into a personal universal remote.

Key Features
  • Greater control of your home: Harmony now gives you control of your home like never before. With one touch, you can turn on your TV, start your Blu-ray and dim your lights to set the mood.

  • Philips Hue lighting control: You can easily adjust your Philips Hue lights to the perfect brightness and color temperature for any activity.

  • Closed-cabinet control: The included Harmony Hub turns RF signals from the remote into IR and Bluetooth commands your home entertainment devices can understand, so you can control all your devices, even if they’re behind cabinet doors or walls.

  • Game console support: With the Harmony Hub, RF signals can also be converted into IR and Bluetooth commands, so you can access Internet video on demand services on your Sony PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii or Wii U.

  • Harmony Smartphone App: Anyone in the house can download the Harmony Smartphone App, which turns his or her smartphone into a personal universal remote control, including favorite channel icons and one-touch activity control.

  • Ultimate convenience features: Exclusive features make the Logitech Harmony Ultimate especially powerful. A gentle vibration lets you know when the remote receives a command from the touchscreen, so there’s no need to look down. The screen lights up automatically when you tilt your remote, so you can see what you’re doing, even in dark rooms. And, every button can be programmed for both short and long presses, effectively doubling the number of buttons you can use.

  • Customizable, swipe-and-tap color touch-screen: The vibrant, 2.4-inch color touch-screen lets you swipe and tap to change channels, adjust the volume, fast-forward or rewind – or you can customize it the way you want*. Plus, you can personalize your list of favorite channels and switch to them with one tap.

System Requirements
    For online remote setup:
  • Windows-based PC running Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP
  • Intel-based Mac computer running Mac OS X 10.5 or later
  • USB port
  • Internet access

    For Harmony Smartphone App:
  • Wi-Fi®
  • App download from Apple App Store or Google Play™
  • Supports 802.11 b/g/n, WPA Personal, WPA2-AES and 64/128-bit WEP encryption
  • iOS (5.0 or later)
  • Android™ (2.3.3 or later)

Product Specifications
  • Remote dimensions (L x W x H): 186.5 mm x 56 mm x 31.7 mm
  • Remote weight: 163 grams
  • Hub dimensions (L x W x H): 125 mm x 105 mm x 20 mm
  • Hub weight: 111 grams
  • Charging station dimensions (L x W x H): 93 mm x 74 mm x 72 mm
  • Charging station weight: 120 grams
  • 2.4-inch swipe and tap touch-screen
  • Backlit buttons
  • Rechargeable battery (built into remote)
  • Controls up to 15 devices


Logitech Harmony® Smart Control

The Logitech Harmony® Smart Control is two products in one: a universal remote and a smart hub with an app that turns your smartphone into a universal remote. The Harmony Hub and Harmony Smartphone App turn your smartphone into a powerful universal remote that gives you access to all your entertainment devices – even through cabinets and walls – including IR and Bluetooth® devices and gaming consoles, such as the Sony PS3®, Nintendo Wii® and Xbox 360®. The Harmony Smartphone App gives you personalized swipe-and-tap control. And when your smartphone isn’t handy, there’s a simple universal remote for everyone to use. The leader in universal remote control just made home entertainment smarter. Again.

Key Features
  • Simple remote: A simple universal remote gives you a handheld remote when the smartphone app is not available or when anyone else would like to access your home entertainment system.

  • Harmony Smartphone App: The powerful app turns your smartphone into a remote that enables a personalized experience with customized controls, including favorite channel icons and preferred buttons.

  • Closed-cabinet and game console control: The included Harmony Hub gives you complete wireless connectivity, turning RF signals from the remote into IR and Bluetooth commands your devices can understand. You can control devices behind walls or cabinets, including the Sony PS3, Nintendo Wii or Xbox 360, all without aiming your remote at your home entertainment system.

System Requirements
    Online Setup:
  • Mac OS X 10.5 or later
  • Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • USB Port

    Mobile Setup:
  • iOS device (6.0 or later) with BT-LE
  • Android device (2.3.3 or later) with BT and Wi-Fi

    For Harmony Smartphone App:
  • Wi-Fi®
  • App download from Apple App Store or Google Play™
  • Supports 802.11 b/g/n, WPA Personal, WPA2-AES and 64/128-bit WEP encryption
  • iOS (5.0 or later)
  • Android™ (2.3.3 or later)

Product Specifications
  • Hub dimensions (L x W X H): 125 mm x 105 mm x 20 mm
  • Hub weight: 111 grams
  • Remote dimensions (L x W x H): 165 mm x 55 mm x 15 mm
  • Remote weight: 109 grams
  • Removeable battery
  • Controls up to eight devices
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