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12-20-2009, 12:33 PM #1
Re is a "Re"peat of Other iPhone Universal Remotes
One of the gadgets poised for display at CES in a few weeks is the Rē Remote Control accessory designed for the iPhone. The umpteenth iPhone accessory for the same purpose, the Re offers - you guessed it - the convenience of controlling "everything" in your midst (DVD players, TVs, stereos, etc.) with the iPhone.
Sporting what I like to call "iPhone head gear," the accessory latches on via the docking port on an iPhone, and, as a result, bestows upon your handset a smorgasbord of features imbued by maker New Kinetix. Such Features include:
- Communicates with AV equipment via infrared
- An extensive library of IR codes
- customizable buttons
- RF learning from other remotes
Although every new universal remote app and accessory for the iPhone is hyped as the invention that will permanently relegate the universal remote to the ash heap of history, most developments, this one included, simply offer a repeat of other technologies and applications tossed down the pike in previous months. The Re still doesn't solve the problem of wear and tear on the iPhone that comes from using it as a remote or the frustrating user experience of placing or receiving calls all while trying to control your DVDs, stereos, toaster ovens, or whatever.
Despite the objection by some (including myself) it seems there is still a sizable enough chunk of iPhone users who want their handset modified into a functional universal remote. And as long as there's demand, there will be new offerings that really aren't as "new" as we may think they are.
Image via New Kinetix
12-20-2009, 12:45 PM #2
12-20-2009, 12:49 PM #3
looks good as long a I don't have to pay more than $20 bucks for the dongle.
12-20-2009, 01:10 PM #4
dongle...what a nasty word
im still waiting for the MORE all in one universal remotekillall Terminal
12-20-2009, 01:30 PM #5
I'm with you on the price... if its cheap then its a maybe... but they'll probably make more money by charging for the attachment and app separately.
12-20-2009, 02:13 PM #6
I am very interested in using my old iPhone as a universal remote. It does not have service so it is essentially an iPod Touch. If i turn it into a remote then who really cares about wear and tear...does a remote get more wear and tear than a cell phone/ipod/web browser/calendar/blah blah blah! The Red Eye remote seems to be a little better than this one in capability but we will have to see price! What are the other ones for me to investigate?
By the by. I agree that the interruption a phone call during remote operations would exacerbate me! Will this work on an iTouch? Does it have macro capability defined by the user? Will it make my significant other less angry with my 15 component entertainment system?
12-20-2009, 05:28 PM #7
12-20-2009, 07:33 PM #8
I prefer just an app not hardware attachment
12-20-2009, 07:37 PM #9
I don't like that think sticking out the butt of the iPhone. I used to have a Sony Clie with build in IR device. The next gerneration iPhone should have one build in.
12-20-2009, 09:14 PM #10
yea ill stick with my own remote, works just fine and didnt cost a thingOriginally Posted by ??????
12-24-2009, 12:40 AM #11
Just what I need! A $600 remote control ?!?
You probably can't use your phone when the remote dongle is connected.