Tuesday June 2, 2015
A new Kickstarter has been launched for a family-friendly remote control designed for use on practically any mobile device. It’s called Newmote, and promises simple integration of IR, TCP/IP and RS232-controlled devices using a basic PC as the primary system controller. Read more...
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 6/02 at 7:19 AM
Tuesday May 12, 2015
RTI’s much-anticipated T3x hybrid remote control is now shipping! It’s been a long time coming – we first heard about it way back at CEDIA 2013 – but considering everything that’s been packed into this control, it looks like the wait will have been worth it! Read more...
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 5/12 at 8:11 PM
Tuesday April 7, 2015
URC has just announced a third addition to their Total Control lineup of advanced system controllers. The new MRX-8
joins the original MRX-10 and MRX-20, in a smaller form factor more similar to that of the previous MRX-1 and 2. Plus, a new 2-way Sonos driver has been released. Read more...
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 4/07 at 7:25 PM
Wednesday January 7, 2015
Looking for something a little different in a universal remote control? Then these guys just might have what you’re looking for. It’s called the SPIN remote, and they’re billing it as “the simplest, most personal remote ever”. Right now it’s still in the development phase, and so the founders have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund development and production. Read more...
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 1/07 at 11:43 PM
Thursday December 25, 2014
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 12/25 at 8:42 AM
Tuesday December 23, 2014
Just when we were coming to grips with the idea that the Philips Pronto was good and truly gone, comes a press release from Philips that digs up the old name again. Sing praise: the Pronto is back!
Well... sort of. The new Pronto has precious little to do with the advanced Pronto remote controls we’re all familiar with, and is more Philips capitalizing on a well-known (and respected) brand. In this situation, Philips has teamed up with Peel for an iPhone-based remote control system that utilizes the Peel Smart Remote App, paired with a small Bluetooth-based basestation, dubbed the “Pronto”, which features a central IR blaster and an “IR extension cable” for home theater control. Read more...
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 12/23 at 11:29 PM
Monday December 1, 2014
It's another Monday morning... but don't let that get you down. Because it's Cyber Monday, and its time to save some cash! Here I'm attempting to compile a list of the universal remote control deals available online... and if you find another, be sure to add it to comments below!
Beginning with Amazon.com:
Over at Best Buy:
New Egg has these refurbished Harmony deals:
Check out Tiger Direct for:
Oddly enough, there seems to be a larger range of deals for Canadians. At Best Buy Canada:
Of course, similar deals at Future Shop:
2001 Audio Video
And finally, at Visions Electronics:
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 12/01 at 12:46 AM
Friday November 28, 2014
Good morning everyone, and welcome to the electronics sales event of the year – Black Friday! Here I'm attempting to compile a list of the universal remote control deals available online for 2014... and if you find another, be sure to add it to comments below! Read more...
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 11/28 at 10:22 AM
Friday October 3, 2014
Crestron have announced a new handheld remote control, the TSR-302. The TSR-302 is a slim and supposedly durable hybrid remote, featuring a large 2.8” capacitive touchscreen LCD display, along with a wide range of backlit hard buttons including full menu, transport and numeric keypad functions. Other features include 2.4GHz RF, Wifi, built-in microphone and speaker, and inductive charging station. Read more...
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 10/03 at 6:54 PM
Friday September 5, 2014
A company called Performance Designed Products
(PDP) has announced what could be the very first Blu-ray remote control designed for the PS4.
It seems that Sony is always finding new ways to tick off home theater users – first by repeatedly refusing to add a standard CE infrared receiver to the many generations of PS3 consoles, and then on the PS4 by refusing to offer compatibility with or a replacement product for the one compromise the PS3 did have: the Bluetooth-based Sony Blu-ray Disc Remote Control. Thus, Sony has artificially made the PS4 one of the worst devices possible for media consumption – which is a true shame, since it should be one of the best. Read more...
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 9/05 at 2:37 PM