FLPR IR Remote Dongle for $25 (Normally $75)
Groupon has a rather awesome deal on New Potatoe’s FLPR iOS universal remote. Interested buyers can head on over and pick up the universal remote dongle for $25 (marked down from $75), and download the free accompanying app.
The dongle is the pay-portion of the FLPR remote system. Once the user has the FLPR, they can use the free application to program in their home entertainment devices and use their iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad as a remote. The app preprogrammed with over 65,000 remote codes and all users need to do to add a device is filter it by brand, and model number of their TV. If the app doesn't support a specific television, as long s the user still has the television's original remote the FLPR app can learn how to control the device.
The device even has programmable macros. These one button macros allow users to parent-proof any home theatre setup. With the touch of a single button a programmed macro can turn on the TV, receiver, set the channel, and even allows for one, two and five second pauses to allow for other devices to boot up.
Even with all the awesomeness that this dongle+app combo entails, the remote App itself is a horrible exercise in UI design. While completely functional, and straightforward, the app could use a very nice makeover, and the accompanying “skins” do not change the fack the UI is plain ugly.
The single largest factor preventing more people from using this app is the price. New Potato *** for an insane $80 for the IR dongle. Amazon typically sells it for $40, with eBay auctions and independent Amazon sellers ranging from $15-$30 on any given day, not including shipping. Thankfully this Groupon fixes the whole price debacle with a $25 deal that includes shipping.
And everyone thought Groupon devolved into a bloated morass of cupcake specials, and spa-package deals (it still is).