Archive for March, 2010

TiVo remote with slide QWERTY keyboard

TiVo QWERTY remote control

I really don’t understand why producers of universal remote control don’t make such remote as TiVo offers. Its remote control with slide QWERTY keyboard would be very useful for all HTPC owners. Boxee promised that its remote for Boxee Box will sport QWERTY keyboard on the bottom of the remote. It’s also appropriate solution. But still.

i-Got-Control turns iPhone into IR remote control

i-Got-Control for iPhone

i-Got-Control is another way to turn your iPhone into IR remote control. As Potato FLPR IR dongle it’s connected directly to the iPhone and doesn’t need additional devices or WiFi. Just download and install app from the App Store to define remote layout. Consumers have a choice between a big database of IR codes and learning mode to copy IR commands from any remote control.

To have possibility to control your TV or home cinema from your iPhone you should pay just $69.95, which is not so expensive for such good feature.

[via SlashGear]

Control of AMX system from iPad using iRidium

iRidium on the iPad

Iridium mobile team is proud to introduce you a new version of iRidium program for AMX and iPad / iPhone / iPod. The new version is available on AppStore! Remind you that iRidium transforms iPad / iPhone / iPod into the “native” AMX system control panel. iRidium allows you to operate such subsystems as: lighting, heating, climate control, video-surveillance, security, audio-video, multimedia-server.

Also iRidium allows you to use an existing design created for AMX panels. This design will be loaded on iPad / iPhone / iPod and you can immediately operate your home automation system after that.
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LinuxMCE and iPhone

LinuxMCE iPhone Remote

Almost all well-known produces of hardware and software for home automation and entertainment area have iPhone/iPod Touch application to control their devices and systems. LinuxMCE doesn’t provide such possibility yet. But that situation is going to change soon. For example, it’s already ready basic web Orbiter adopted for Apple devices – iOrbiter. It’s based on iPhone User Interface Framework iUI. I tested it with my 0710 installation (see a few screenshots here). It works fast, provides basic functionality to search and play media and run scenarios. I’m sure it’ll be extended soon.

Another way to control LinuxMCE from iPhone will be LMCE Remote. It’s native iPhone application (see image above). As wiki page describes the it’s almost ready. Source code should be in the LinuxMCE repository and the application will be available via App Store and LinuxMCE site (I guess). So, when it happens many existing users will be happy as well as new ones will get a good opportunity to try LinuxMCE.

MSI demonstrated Android-based landline-VoIP phone

MSI Android VoIP phone

MSI demonstrated its new landline-VoIP phone MS-9A31. It’s based on Android and supports DECT, video conference call and instant messaging. The phone sports large color touchscreen, two Ethernet ports, one USB port and a card reader. No word on price or availability yet.

The MS-9A31 looks very promised. It can be used not just IP phone in your home automation system but as control panel too. If MSI will allow to install third party applications it’d be the best phone for LinuxMCE (if the Android Orbiter will be released and the price won’t be too hight, of course). In any case, I think we’ll see similar devices from different manufactures soon.

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