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  • Re is a "Re"peat of Other iPhone Universal Remotes

    One of the gadgets poised for display at CES in a few weeks is the Rē Remote Control accessory designed for the iPhone. The umpteenth iPhone accessory for the same purpose, the Re offers - you guessed it - the convenience of controlling "everything" in your midst (DVD players, TVs, stereos, etc.) with the iPhone.

    Sporting what I like to call "iPhone head gear," the accessory latches on via the docking port on an iPhone, and, as a result, bestows upon your handset a smorgasbord of features imbued by maker New Kinetix. Such Features include:

    • Communicates with AV equipment via infrared
    • An extensive library of IR codes
    • customizable buttons
    • RF learning from other remotes
    As long as the device doesn't break as often as the New Kinetix website does, you should be okay with this universal remote system, about which little else is known, like release date and cost. But New Kinetix is promising the ultimate universal remote experience with an application that will be regularly updated to further build out and improve upon the framework already in place.

    Although every new universal remote app and accessory for the iPhone is hyped as the invention that will permanently relegate the universal remote to the ash heap of history, most developments, this one included, simply offer a repeat of other technologies and applications tossed down the pike in previous months. The Re still doesn't solve the problem of wear and tear on the iPhone that comes from using it as a remote or the frustrating user experience of placing or receiving calls all while trying to control your DVDs, stereos, toaster ovens, or whatever.

    Despite the objection by some (including myself) it seems there is still a sizable enough chunk of iPhone users who want their handset modified into a functional universal remote. And as long as there's demand, there will be new offerings that really aren't as "new" as we may think they are.

    Image via New Kinetix
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Re is a "Re"peat of Other iPhone Universal Remotes started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. Peemcgee's Avatar
      Peemcgee -
      hmmmm looks interesting
    1. jwalkd9's Avatar
      jwalkd9 -
      looks good as long a I don't have to pay more than $20 bucks for the dongle.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      dongle...what a nasty word

      im still waiting for the MORE all in one universal remote
    1. etaxero's Avatar
      etaxero -
      I'm with you on the price... if its cheap then its a maybe... but they'll probably make more money by charging for the attachment and app separately.
    1. Sherm23's Avatar
      Sherm23 -
      I am very interested in using my old iPhone as a universal remote. It does not have service so it is essentially an iPod Touch. If i turn it into a remote then who really cares about wear and tear...does a remote get more wear and tear than a cell phone/ipod/web browser/calendar/blah blah blah! The Red Eye remote seems to be a little better than this one in capability but we will have to see price! What are the other ones for me to investigate?

      By the by. I agree that the interruption a phone call during remote operations would exacerbate me! Will this work on an iTouch? Does it have macro capability defined by the user? Will it make my significant other less angry with my 15 component entertainment system?
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Wish we could do it without an ugly azz dongleberry
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      I prefer just an app not hardware attachment
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      I don't like that think sticking out the butt of the iPhone. I used to have a Sony Clie with build in IR device. The next gerneration iPhone should have one build in.
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      yea ill stick with my own remote, works just fine and didnt cost a thing
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      Just what I need! A $600 remote control ?!?

      You probably can't use your phone when the remote dongle is connected.