A universal remote control is only good if it is really, truly universal: something few companies have managed to do thus far. Unify4Life has. Its AVShadow, which launched today for $100, turns a Blackberry into a remote capable of controlling virtually every component of your home entertainment system. TiVos, Blu-Ray players, iPods and VCRs can be launched with a click. Place the minute, Bluetooth-equipped AVShadow next to your entertainment center, download the app and you're done.
Hellz yeah! I have been dithering in home automation, but the interface is such a pain that it's almost not worth messing with... hopefully this will allow me to finally finish my automation project. I'll finally be able to mess with my wife's head by randomly flipping lights on and off!
i had a sony touchscreen universal remote that i had to hire a scientist to program it. but when i buy new equipment i have to either find him again or hang out by Devry or MIT to find a program analyst.
Looks interesting, but can it control multiples of the same device type? I have 3 dvds and 2 vcrs. 7 in 1 repacement remotes want 7 different device types-- they can't handle a 2nd or 3rd device of the same type.
You'd hope that as techy as this gimmick is, it could do the job -- but I found nothing that indicates that it does.
they want 100 bucks for a glorified remote control? this should be open source
I always thought of this, if anyone can invent something like this. Finally its here. But now my mobile has lots of stuff to do, I guess it would suck up all my juice pretty quick. And then I am still stuck with my old remote.
We know Gadgets like Television sets, Air Conditioners, Microwave Ovens, Fans etc which come with a Remote control for each device.
Can this functionality be achieved in a cell phone device ?
1. Adding Buttons for Power On/Off TV, AC, Microwave Ovens, Fans, Car Door Lock On/Off along with infrared, wireless sensors in the cell phone device for individual gadgets/products functionality.
For example :
TV Power On/Off Button
AC Power On/Off Button
Car Door Lock On/Off Button
Microwave Oven Power On/Off Button
and so on ....
2. Is this functionality complex or feasible to built within the cell phone device ?. Will this new functionality integrated in the cell phone device add any value to the consumer ?.
The cost of the cell phone will increase with this new functionality if achieved.
The Limitations for this could be, not all remote control functions within the cell phone device product can be integrated.
i.e. For example an Air Conditioner remote control has so many functions viz temperature cooling,timer set function etc.
Now within the cell phone device, it will be difficult to add so many buttons each for the devices functions since the number of push buttons on the cell phone device will increase.
For example :
Instead of having a remote control for each of the devices, we can have it in a single device viz cell phone but with limited remote control functions for other devices.
If Smart Phone / Tablet / Cell Phone manufacturers viz Apple, Google, Ericsson, Motorola, Samsung, Blackberry, Nokia etc collaborate with a joint partnership with Air Conditioners Manufacturers viz Samsung, LG, Blue Star etc, with TV Manufacturers viz Sony, AOC, Videocon etc, with Microwave Oven Manufacturers viz LG, Videocon, Samsung etc, with Car Manufacturers viz Ford, Mercedes, Hyundai, Maruti etc, this functionality can be achieved.
Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar