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  • iPhones Taking "Control"

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    Gone is the era when the television remote control was a fascinating, much cherished device and beloved member of the family.

    By conventional standards, the TV remote is old hat - nothing new or exciting. And while still practical and very helpful around the living room, its stature has been steadily diminished by a wide array of much neater, sexier gadgets in recent years.

    This summer served yet another blow to the ego of remote controls everywhere, as advancements in the smartphone realm continue at a pace that could very well see the television remote facing extinction before the familiar little gadgets can even brace for it - like an asteroid penetrating our atmosphere to obliterate the dinosaurs before the poor creatures even knew what him 'em.

    Okay, maybe that's a little too dramatic. But, still, an article published this morning in the San Francisco Chronicle points to how the iPhone is further adapting to our "control issues" at a quickened pace.

    Apple has made it possible for iPhone and iPod Touch users to control their iTunes program or Apple TV through a downloadable application called Remote. Sonos, the maker of multi-room music systems, released a free iPhone app that allows customers to use their iPhone instead of a Sonos remote. And last week, Apple approved an app from iTV that allows consumer electronics makers to easily build iPhone apps that can serve as remote controls. ITV said the first devices to get the support are TiVo digital video recorders.
    The prospect of iPhones likely becoming the new generation of TV and DVR remote controls is an intriguing possibility. By effectively serving as a second screen - one controlled via touch screen, with video previews of programming, and possibly voice operated controls - the old fashioned TV remote couldn't possibly compete.

    "You'll see the phone as a remote control more and more," said John McFarlane, CEO of Sonos. "It's better than any infrared device you've picked up. It's a wonderful platform, and you don't have to train someone to work with another device."

    As the article suggests, the future is still being written. But electronics-makers and cable companies are endlessly fascinated by this concept. And the newfound emphasis on our smartphones controlling the simple facets and tasks of our life could dramatically change all that we are familiar with in home entertainment.

    "I don't know anyone who loves the remote control," he said. "It's either line of sight issues, or for me I have to change the batteries. Or you grab the wrong one. If people are consuming more media, to have an application that eases their burdens makes a lot of sense."
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhones Taking "Control" started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 27 Comments
    1. tuton11's Avatar
      tuton11 -
      this is awesome...perfect for us lazy people haha
    1. A_DuB187's Avatar
      A_DuB187 -
      This is an interesting concept but I doubt people would use it to replace they're remote control completely.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Really guys, the iphone really spoils us.
    1. yomamashump's Avatar
      yomamashump -
      Quote Originally Posted by Go Gators View Post
      The Logitech Harmony One remote control is the best remote I have ever owned. It is touch screen, controls all of my devices and is very very simple to set up.
    1. cranie's Avatar
      cranie -
      Well they sorta are going that direction.. already set for remotely setting shows to record which works perfectly. Won't be long.
    1. Josheesh's Avatar
      Josheesh -
      I tossed around the idea for a PS3 remote/keyboard that utilizes bluetooth at the iBluetooth Project fourm, but I don't think it came to anything yet. Sure would be nice though ;-) Anyone heard of something like that out?
    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      Quote Originally Posted by southfrisco View Post
      While nice in theory it is much different in execution. For instance I just used my Navigon app for a trip with my iPhone 3G. While it is a nice program, the all in one device hindered it's performance because of calls coming in and when we were in areas that we wanted to check Safari you have to close out of the program entirely and stop off some where to do so if you are in a city. While I drove and my girlfriend handled the iPhone responsibilities it became more of a headache than it was worth. Not to mention we had to keep it plugged into the car charger because apps that stay on continuously drain the battery.

      I can see using it as a remote but when you are channel surfing and a call comes in you have to stop what you are doing and answer if it is important.

      Having the iPhone has made me realize having stand alone devices is actually more efficient at times than putting all your eggs in one basket, so to speak.

      Remote controls won't be dying off anytime soon.
      Quote Originally Posted by Fallguy View Post
      I agree. I just cant see myself using this to replace the remote . I try not to let the iphone replace other gadgets , but instead to use it as a convenience at a time where the other gadget is not around . I still like my Garmin for travel and my netbook for browsing .
      I dont like having to use the power or home buttons as much because that would be the first thing to go on the iphone .
      i agree as well
      i actually use my apple remote for my iMac and Macbook more than i use Remote or RemoteBuddy on my iphone.
      just seems natural