Unique remote control Gyration combines IR and RF in one

Gyration MCE remote control

Yesterday I received Gyration remote control ordered from Quiet PC UK last week. That remote control is unique because it combines IR and RF transmitters in one! As result you may control all AV equipment and have mouse pointer for access to online services using only one device. The mouse movement is done by adding gyration inside the remote. So, it’s more naturally then using trackbar or touchpad.

RF part of the Gyration remote control uses traditionally 2.4GHz frequency with range about 10 meters and USB dongle. There is a button in the middle device to activate mouse cursor movement as well as two other buttons which correspond to left and right mouse buttons. The remote contains a huge base of IR codes for many kinds of AV devices. But if you didn’t find yours you can learn IR codes from the original remote control and use them with Gyration one.

The price of the Gyration remote control is very attractive – juts €65. But unfortunately it isn’t so popular as I could suppose. I waited two week till the remote came to the store. But now I even don’t see it in the list of products. Probably not many people need it. But at least I had time to buy it and I’m happy!

iPazzPort: another compact keyboard/touchpad for HTPC

EFO RF Mini Wireless Keyboard

EFO announced another compact touchpad with QWERTY keyboard for HTPC. iPazzPort‘s size is just 60 X 100 X 10 mm and weight is only 43 grams. Additionally to touchpad and keyboard device has laser pointer which can be useful for presentations.

The iPazzPort has a short recharge time – about two hours, and long time of working – up to two weeks between charges. It uses traditionally RF 2.4GHz. So, you can manage your HTPC from up to 10 metres range. Also the iPazzPort has backlighting to operate in low light environment.

The new EFO iPazzPort is available for pre-order with price $40. But it’ll be changed to $50 this September when EFO will start ship the device.

EFO iPazzport: keyboard, touchpad, mouse and laser pointer in one

EFO iPazzPort Mini Keyboard

Almost one year took company EFO to produce a next generation its wireless compact touchpad with QWERTY keyboard for HTPC. The new EFO iPazzport sounds like Apple product but looks like BlackBerry smartphone. Additionally to touchpad, mouse and keyboard it includes laser pointer which can be useful for presentations or to point to some detail in the movie.

The EFO iPazzport uses RF to communicate with HTPC. The new dongle is smaller that previous one and offers a 10 meters working range. Additionally the device has battery with short recharge time and backlighting to operate in low light environment (home theater, for example). The EFO iPazzport is supported by Linux, Windows, Mac OS X and doesn’t require installation special software. Also it’s compatible with PS3, Wii and XBox.

The new EFO iPazzport is available on the producer site at $45. See its demo video after break.
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X10 Easy Icon 10RF Remote from Marmitek

Marmitek X10 Easy Icon 10RF Remote

Marmitek introduced its new X10 remote control. The X10 Easy Icon 10RF Remote can control not only X10 devices in your home. But using its RF transmitter combined with Marmitek infrared-extension products, like the Control Anywhere, consumers may control A/V equipment.

The Marmitek remote control provides following main features:

  • Control up to 10 A/V devices.
  • Possibility to define macros included A/V and X10 commands.
  • Choose channels using recognisable network logos.
  • Personalize the remote for every person in the household.
  • User-friendly Wizard makes programming very easy.

The X10 Easy Icon 10RF Remote is compatible with ActiveHome and ActiveHomePro. It’s available now at suggested price €79.95.

[via AutomatedHome]

RF Wireless Multimedia Tiny Keyboard for HTPC

USB 2.4Ghz RF Wireless Multimedia Tiny Keyboard

I thought about buying wireless compact keyboard for my LinuxMCE hybrid server a long time ago. Something like that illuminated keyboard. And finally I bought RF Wireless Multimedia Tiny Keyboard. It’s really light and small. Also it has a big advantage over the illuminated keyboard – a trackball and mouse buttons. I was scare a bit about supporting of that features in Linux. But the keyboard started working properly right after paring with adaptor.

Another cool feature – switching off mouse to save battery. Personally I use mouse very rarely. So, that possibility is very helpful for me. I think that the RF Wireless Multimedia Tiny Keyboard is very good addition to Windows or Linux based HTPC.

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