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  • L5 Turns iPhone into Universal Remote


    Using the iPhone as a universal remote is an idea that has always seemed to have a lot of appeal, as tech-friendly people tend to have a lot of electronic devices in the living room. We've seen products that purport to bring that functionality to the iPhone, but require a separate, rather pricey, infrared base. Now L5 Technology has announced at CES an elegant, small-form factor accessory at a reasonable price. Though it's no more than a press release at this time, it looks promising.

    The accessory, called the L5 Remote, is projected to cost $49.95 and will be available in February. The product consists of an IR transmitter that connects to, and is powered by, the iPhone's dock connector. The company says that with the transmitter and the app, you'll be able to control pretty much any TV, cable/satellite box or Front Row compatible device: from up to an impressive 30 feet away.

    The app sounds as if it's done right. You can create your own custom button configuration by dragging and dropping the control interfaces from your several devices and laying them out in whatever arrangement works best for you. L5 claims universal compatibility through a “short, guided training sequence” with each component you want to control: the website says you have to "press the corresponding button on your old remote while pointing it at your new L5 Remote." It's not clear from the press release or the website, but hopefully there will also be a code database available for the app, as "learn" sequences are usually pretty tiresome, and seldom seem to end up with really good results.

    The app can store up to 100,000 buttons and control up to 1,000 remotes, and is compatible with any iPhone or iPod touch that can run iPhone OS 3.0 or better. More information is available at L5 Technology's web site.

    image via L5 Technology
    This article was originally published in forum thread: L5 Turns iPhone into Universal Remote started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. andrewe13's Avatar
      andrewe13 -
      Quote Originally Posted by DoubleD View Post
      This is cool! I was scanning thru their FAQ's and came across this:

      Can a user take control of a TV in a public place such as a bar or restaurant?
      Yes. Actually, you could always use a universal remote control to take control of someone elseís TV. The difference is that most people donít carry a universal remote with themÖ unless itís also their iPhone.

      Just sit back and watch the chaos when the channel gets changed at a sports bar LOL

      I used to have a Casio remote control watch it was insane... i would take it to school and malls and stuff and do just that. ppl would go NUTS!
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      ok, one app to control them all. but can you have several remote layouts that can be toggled between. thats a true all in one UI. since there is no way to get ALL appropriate buttons on one remote layout. if you can program each remote you have separately to have its own layout. then by a simple button switch you can toggle between your several remotes layouts. why is it SO hard for universal remote developers to realize this simple idea.

      Quote Originally Posted by eballesq View Post

      ...I think this idea is great. I'd carry that L5 in my pocket and be able to control any TV in my house (as well as my whole house audio system) without ever looking for a damn remote.
      well except when you couldnt find that dang dongle
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      I will have this post haste...