Logitech Harmony Link iOS Remote Solution to Debut Next Month
Logitech’s Harmony remotes have long been the benchmark for universal remote solutions. It looks like Logitech’s first foray into the iOS device remote world might be a benchmark as well.
Logitech’s Harmony Link—which will hit stores next month for $99—offers iOS users an extremely competent remote solution. Logitech's Harmony Link includes a base station that plugs into a users wall with eight IR snakes, and the Harmony Link App. The snakes allow for the base station to communicate with your receivers, cable boxes, and other devices no matter their location. Also, the base station connects to the users Wi-Fi station to communicate with the user’s iDevices, no line of sight or IR plugins necessary.
The Harmony Link App includes a fantastic visual TV Guide. The guide shows the user’s TV stations as a series of title cards that the user swipes through until finding something to watch. The interface allows users to separate programming into favorites, shows, and movies and even allows users to perform a spotlight-like search for content.
Controlling devices is just as intuitive. An "activities" tab pops out a list of devices connected to the base station. Users can choose between Watch TV, Watch a Movie, Listen to Music, Play a Game and others. Selecting the activity causes a device specific remote UI to pop out allowing the user to control the device accordingly. This should help even the most technologically challenged member of the household figure out how do more than turn on a blank T.V. I may finally be able to get rid of the instructions taped to the side of my parents’ television.
However, the awesome visual guide is currently only operational on the iPad. iPhone and iPod users will have to use their home entertainment systems without the fancy, and intuitive graphical interface.