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12-05-2009, 11:21 AM #1
RedEye Makes iPhone a Universal Remote
Taking Apple's remote app one step further, ThinkFlood's RedEye remote control system allows you to use your iPhone or iPod touch as a universal controller for any component that has an infrared port. The app is free, but requires a $188 infrared base.
The RedEye system connects to the iPhone via WiFi and replaces virtually all the remote functions for any consumer electronics, home automation, or any device that can be controlled by an IR remote. It has a batch function that allows you to create a macro for something like "watch DVD" that prompts the RedEye base to send a series of commands to the component. It also has a learning mode to add commands for devices that are not included on the codes that can be downloaded from the RedEye website.
Where the RedEye system really stands out, though, is in its use of the iPhone's accelerometer and multitouch gesture support. In addition to just tapping soft keys, on the screen, you can rock or flip the iPhone/iPod to do things like adjust volume or toggle between TV channels.
image via ThinkFlood
12-05-2009, 11:31 AM #2
Man, this is epic! I may have to spring for the infrared base, unless you can use any ole cheap infrared base.
12-05-2009, 11:42 AM #3
man if only the iphone had infrared built in this app would sell BILLIONS
12-05-2009, 11:44 AM #4
$188?! Wow.. that's pricey! My Harmony universal remote that controls everything was only $80. But this is a cool idea for sure!
12-05-2009, 12:10 PM #5
Everyone's been waiting for something like this, but $188 is ridiculous. I went to the website, and ThinkFlood actually has the gall to say that this system "comes at a fraction of the price" of other systems! As Poseidon said, there's plenty of remotes out there that will do more than this thing for about half the price.
Still waiting for a remote app, but for less than ~$200.
12-05-2009, 12:53 PM #6
What's the point in buying a $188 component to have a universal remote? That's lame. I remember my HP iPaq had a built in app for universal remote and i controlled my TV with it. I wish the iPhone had a similar feature. All of these remote apps that require wifi to connect to another device to control it is stupid. Except for the remote for the iTunes. That one works really well and i like it!
12-05-2009, 12:54 PM #7
i have dish network at my house and my main tv is a hdtivo box, my bedroom uses a regular box but the spare box in the other room uses infared off my bedroom box, so u point the remote anywhere on this tv and it works off my box, would this app work with this or would i have to purchase base?Originally Posted by ??????
12-05-2009, 02:09 PM #8
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Because the RedEye device is in the same room as your equipment, you donít have to be. Instead, you can control your living room stereo from the kitchen, or turn off the TV upstairs.
Thats why they think they can get $188 because there comparing their product to professionally installed home products.
I think its a great idea, and I agree it is pricey but if they do some advertising and get more people to know about their product it'll sell at that price
12-05-2009, 02:46 PM #9
So if you have 3 TVs in your house and 3 cable boxes, would one base work?
12-05-2009, 06:28 PM #10
yeah its still a little pricey for the command unit to make this worth a try.killall Terminal
12-05-2009, 06:49 PM #11
As awesome as this is, the pricepoint for the base is just absurd. They should just charge 10-20 bucks for the app and cut the price of the base alltogether. Hell, harmony sells a bluetooth to IR kit for the PS3 to use their harmonies with and that is only 60 bucks. Time to get to hacking those units ;D
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12-05-2009, 08:17 PM #12
I have directv and my remote controls all the tvs with the directv box so I find this useless and for $188?! F$&K THAT!
12-05-2009, 10:15 PM #13
Yeah the price is high but I'm sure it will drop.
12-06-2009, 12:27 AM #14
Ahhh, just buy regular universal remote, easy to use just about $12.00........
sorry my iPhone is not use for remote.....
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12-06-2009, 09:40 AM #15
We use Indigo, it runs on Mac and allows you to build your own remote control that's visualized on the iPhone or iPod.
Since it works over wifi it does not matter where I am, indoors or outside, I control everything from everywhere.
Unlike REDEYE, this system is expandable and customizable and can be used to control lights, audio, video, HVAC and stuff like outdoor plugs.
If that system does not work for you, there's an app out there called iRed2 which works fine also ( iRed2 | - Remotes for the rest of us )
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12-06-2009, 09:52 AM #16
Why does it have to be wifi? Why not a dongle that plugs in the dock connector? I bet that could drive the price down a bit.And it will be like a taco inside a taco within a Taco Bell that's inside a KFC that's within a mall that's inside your dream!
12-06-2009, 10:10 AM #17
12-06-2009, 01:30 PM #18
Cool but I'd rather get a Harmony
12-06-2009, 10:17 PM #19
yyyeah a bit too pricey for me.
12-07-2009, 03:13 AM #20
the same people that bought the tomtom software and hardware will buy this product for sure... hehehe