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Universal remote control, Inc. aurora mx-950 "power and elegance" in one compelling remote

As part of the CES Innovations award winning "Complete Control" line-up, the Aurora combines PC programming resources with advanced multi-zone IR/RF "through-the-walls" remote control technology along with a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery and a sophisticated "Activity-Based" multicolor LCD screen.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, January 6, 2005 — In a move that reflects its determination to provide customers in the consumer electronics marketplace with good, better and best remote control solutions that are intuitive and include advanced multi-room control functionality, Universal Remote Control®, today showcased the Aurora™ MX-950, a slender elegantly styled IR/RF remote control, with rechargeable Lithium Ion battery and charger. The Aurora is equipped with a simple and logically arranged set of the most important button functions plus ten buttons labeled by an advanced multicolor LCD display. This allows custom programmers unprecedented customization of button labels and gives users "find by feel" functionality. The custom button labels are backlit in any of six different programmable colors and the display automatically lights when the Aurora is picked up.

"The Aurora represents the confluence of form and function," said Eric Johnson, VP Technology, Universal Remote Control. "It is visually attractive, very insightful, high-performing and can serve as the control interface for a multi-room control system. As the remote control has been elevated from simply an accessory to the component level, the Aurora provides home entertainment enthusiasts with the performance engineering and design elegance they look for from all of the other components that make up their system."

The Aurora not only automates a complex home theater system, but also has the capacity to act as the "master" remote for an entire house. With up to 255 devices, each capable of displaying up to 255 pages of custom labeled buttons, the Aurora can easily be programmed with an interface for each room in the house, thus automating A/V operation from wherever it is used. Programmers will immediately notice the unprecedented speed and flexibility to make A/V and multi-room operation simple for the consumer. Surrounding the LCD screen are ten buttons labeled within the screen itself. Uniquely, programmers can opt to assign one function to both left and right buttons, using up to 11 characters to describe one button function. Hence, left or right-handed users can operate it easily and the activity or feature is labeled descriptively.

The programmer has the option of programming any row with two separate labels instead of one. When this is done, the software automatically creates a left and a right label and button. The two labels split the 11-character limit dynamically, allowing the programmer to use most of the characters on one button, with the remainder on the other. Thus, two adjacent favorite channel buttons can be labeled "HBO" on one side and "WEATHER" on the other.

Universal Remote Control has engineered unparalleled levels of control into the Aurora with innovative implementation of its programming software. For example, the Aurora is equipped with a speaker, and the programming software allows any macro to playback any WAV audio file. As a result, macros can talk to the end-user, provide aural feedback with each button press or can signal," mission accomplished" with a piece of music. The Aurora will be made available in April '05, carries a $699.95 suggested retail price and can be used conventionally via line-of-sight or, when installed with the optional MRF-300 RF Receiver multi-zone base station, it can send commands through walls, doors, or even from outside. It can take full advantage of RF addressing to control identical components or any zone of a multi-zone distributed A/V system. The MRF-300 is available in January '05 and has a $199.95 suggested retail price.

About Universal Remote Control
Universal Remote Control, Inc., is a world leader in the custom design, engineering, manufacture, and distribution of high quality remote controls, home automation products and handheld devices. The company supplies millions of remote controls each year to consumers around the world through four primary channels: retail, custom professional, broadcast subscription and OEM.

Clients include many leading high-end audio and video manufacturers, consumer electronics and broadcast subscription companies, including Adcom, B&K, Cablevision Systems Corp., Charter Communications, Comcast, Crestron, Denon, Faroudja, Harman/Kardon, Klipsch, Krell, McIntosh, Motorola, Rotel, Parasound, Polk Audio, Time Warner, Toshiba, Xantech andZenith.

Established in 1991 and based in Harrison, New York, Universal Remote Control, Inc. has multiple manufacturing facilities in Asia and North America that meet rigorous CE, ISO 9001, ETTS, IQNET, and TQM certification requirements. For more information, visit

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