Turn your smartphone or tablet into smart remote control

Logitech Harmony Link

Logitech just announced its new device – Harmony Link, which together with free Android/iOS Harmony Link app turns your smartphone/tablet into smart universal remote control. It uses WiFi to receive commands and transmits them via IR to AV equipment. The Harmony Link can control up to 8 devices and work with several smartphones/tablets simultaneously. The application offers all features ordinary universal controls and even more – custom buttons layout and personalize TV shows guide via Rovi (for iPad only).

The Logitech Harmony Link will be available in October at $99.99.

Pogoplug Mobile for smartphones and tables owners

Pogoplug Mobile

Pogoplug well-known brand. Thanks to their cloud-based stylish storage devices. Recently Pogoplug launched a smartphone-friendly version – Pogoplug Mobile. It doesn’t include internal HDD. Instead it has one USB port, SD card reader and Ethernet. You still should activate attached storage on Pogoplug online service. But all files stored on Pogoplug Mobile will stay on the attached storage and not on Pogoplug cloud service.

The special appeal the Pogoplug Mobile is a transparent integration with Android and iOS mobile devices as well as with Windows and Mac OS X desktops. It allows easy and fast way to backup mobile device/desktop data to the Pogoplug Mobile and stream media content from Pogoplug Mobile. Sure you may find some other way to link your smartphone and home NAS. But Pogoplug Mobile offers it as a bundle and for the reasonable price – $79. If you’re interested to buy it don’t miss the October 1st when it’ll be available in shops.

[via Engadget]

X10 announced Android Tablet

X10 Android

X10 well-known as producer devices for home automation over electric wirings, recently launched its own Android Tablet called AirPad. For $199.99 you get 7 inch Android 2.3 powered tablet with 1.2 Ghz Rockchip 2918 Cortex A8 processor, 4GB memory + up to 32GB with microSD card, a built in camera, microphone, speakers, WiFi adapter. Not bad for that price isn’t it?

The main application of the X10 AirPad in my mind is control console of smarthome system. It can be mounted to the wall or used as mobile remote control.

[via AutomatedHome]

“Smart View” mirrors TV to smartphone and more

Smart TV platform

Samsung’s Smart TV platform seems very successful. It hit 5 million TV app downloads worldwide in less than 15 months! The new cool app offered by Smart TV called Smart View. It allows to mirror TV content on Android based smartphone or tablet over WiFi. Moreover, using that app user may access Smart TV apps loaded on the TV, use the app as a game controller, check TV listings and much much more.

Currently Smart VIew is supported by Samsung GALAXY S II only. Other Samsung’s smartphone and tablets will run it soon. I don’t think Samsung will allow to use the Smart View on Android devices of other manufactures. Corporate interests are above all.

[via eHomeUpgrade]

Android as a way to control your home

Android @ Home

Google recently announced its new platform Android @ Home which should join all devices in the home for easy configuration and management. The idea is to add Android to each device – TV, STB, washing machine, dimmers, switches, lamps etc. Then using ready-made software or built by yourself using Android @ Home SDK you’ll able to manage those devises from Android smartphone or tablets even over Internet. The current conception when the smarhome is built around a controller won’t be used. Each device will be accessible directly. Additionally Google offers integration with its services like Google Music and some video/TV maybe to stream media content over the house.
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