• Make Your Smart House Actually Smart with Sevenhugs

    SevenHugs Smart Remote Controls Devices By Just Pointing

    Point and control. That’s the basis of the SevenHugs Smart Remote. Instead of selecting, say, a connected light bulb on a menu in the remote, a user simply points the remote at the light to control it. Want to control a Sonos speaker? Point the remote at the speakers and the remote knows to control the device. Read More

  • Apple Patents An Advanced Smart Remote App For Apple TV And iTunes

    Apple Patents An Advanced Smart Remote App For Apple TV And iTunes

    Apple has a new patent application (via AppleInsider) for a new mobile app that could be used specifically to amp up the Apple TV viewing experience. This would be different from the existing Remote app, in that it would more directly translate the on-screen experience of using both Apple TV, and iTunes on the desktop. From the ground up, the app is based on a different paradigm when compared… Read More

  • Apple Patents An iPhone Camera Remote With Built-In Display

    Apple Patents An iPhone Camera Remote With Built-In Display

    Apple has been granted a patent (via AppleInsider) for a wireless iPhone camera remote control, which has a built-in display for previewing and reviewing photos, and shutter buttons for both still and movies, as well as a way to switch camera modes remotely and full media playback controls. The device would connect to an iPhone or other mobile iOS device via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. The camera… Read More

  • DI-Someone else: Wireless motorized mountainboard (with remote!)

    Details are sketchy (but there’s lots to learn if you read the comments), but here’s another college student DIY project. Yes, I know it’s a little old, but it’s Sunday, and this is one of those “in case you missed it” things. Anyway, a college student mounted a snowboard on wheels, added a motor, wireless remote via a PS2 controller, and made a project… Read More

  • DIY: Nikon IR remote in a Lego

    Here’s a little DIY project for you Nikon shooters out there. Certain models of the Nikon DSLR support IR remotes, but to buy an actual “Nikon” brand remote from your local camera shoppe will set you back around $40. Why not build one yourself instead? Read More

  • The Logitech Harmony 300 doesn’t have a screen but it’s still a Harmony remote

    The Logitech Harmony 300 might be the last Harmony remote released for a while. It seems the Logitech has refreshed nearly the entire line with the 300 being the latest. It doesn’t offer anything new per se, but rather a simple universal remote with the Harmony magic sans LCD screen. This configuration might be kosher for some setups, but be careful if you have anything more than a… Read More

  • Behold the Clicker: the ultimate lazy man device

    It’s fairly easy to find exactly when most Americans started to get fat. All you have to do is go back to the 1950’s. Some would say this is due to our fast food lifestyle, people spending too much time in front of the TV instead of running from animals, or even possibly a plot by Colonel Sanders. I think it’s directly related to the invention of the remote control. Now… Read More

  • Control your Canon DSLR with a Nintendo DS

    After trying to find a way to remotely control their DSLRs, the clever hackers at HDRLabs couldn’t really find anything that would do what they wanted. So what did they do? Built a control of their own, using a Nintendo DS. HDRLabs went on to make the device available, for free. All you have to do is build one yourself. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Logitech Harmony 1100 Remote for $300

    Guys! Guys! There’s a killer deal on the Logitech Harmony 1100 remote! It’s the great big one with the touchscreen, and it came out at the beginning of this year so you know it’s still cool, and looks impressive with your A/V setup. Plus, it’s only $300, which is a whole lot cheaper then the $500 it normally goes for. Plus, when we reviewed in back in March, Matt… Read More

  • Oh yeah: There's a new Apple Remote

    For $19 you can get an Apple Remote that looks like an unibody MacBook Pro with black buttons and a different layout. Clearly the Internet has been waiting for this all morning. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Logitech Harmony 1000 remote for only $147

    There isn’t anything that impresses more than a touchscreen remote. Sure, the form factor is a little awkward at first, but damn are they sexy. When the Harmony 1000 remote debuted a few years ago, it carried an MSRP of $500. Now you can get the newer 1100 model for close to that or this one for only $147. I’d take this one. Read More

  • Sony pairs a powerful remote with a sexy iPod speaker dock

    You have to give it up to the Sony engineers and designers behind these two, new iPod docks. Both new audio systems are swanky as hell and the one pictured above with the large remote almost seems worthy of it’s $1000 USD price tag – almost.
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  • Repossession going electronic with remote vehicle disablers

    Missing a payment on a leased car might get a whole lot dicier in the near future as more and more dealerships are equipping vehicles with devices capable of disabling vehicles remotely. Termed “electronic reposession,” drivers will be reminded to pay the car’s bill thanks to a non-stop series of annoying beeps if payment hasn’t been received within 24 hours of the… Read More

  • DIY: Create a toddler-proof remote control

    Kid-less people do not understand a young child’s obsession with electronics. Being a cell phone or a remote, if their parent uses the device like crack, the kid wants a piece of the action. It’s not that they want to actually talk to someone or control the TV, but rather mimic what their parents are doing. I have my doubts that this DIY remote will actually hold a… Read More

  • AT&T data cards can remotely disable subsidized netbooks for nonpayment

    New Ericsson-brand mobile 3G data modules apparently have something called a “kill pill” that’s capable of disabling a computer remotely in the instance that a customer doesn’t pay his or her bill or cancels a credit card used to pay on-contract monthly charges. Read More

  • Universal Remote removes the PC setup with the URC Digital R50 remote

    The Universal Remote Control Digital R50 universal remote takes the best of today’s remotes and makes the setup even easier without PC setup. The remote can still do all the goodie macro themes but everything is setup on the remote without a PC or an Internet connection required. Still, if you have ever setup a universal remote on a large computer screen and found… Read More

  • Bryston intros the $500 BR2 Multifunction remote, non-audiophiles look on with astonishment

    The Bryston BR2 Multifunction remote is an audiophiles wet dream-type remote. Those type fantasize of spending 500 bones on a 1980’s Zenith TV look alike remote to control their high-end audio equipment. No word if the remote sports RF type signals or universal brand controls, but it does come with a 20-year warranty; something I wish my $500 Monster Cable AVL300 remote had when… Read More

  • TunesRemote brings remote iTunes control to Android If there was ever any question as to how many days we’d have to wait after the release of the first Android handset before someone would crack out an iTunes remote application, we’ve now got the answer: Zero. By… Read More

  • Remote app doubles as Apple TV keyboard

    I’m without an Apple TV but John Gruber of Daring Fireball fame has stumbled upon a new facet of the Remote app that no one else seems to have realized before. Apple doesn’t seem to be touting this little factoid either, but you can use your iPhone/iPod Touch instead of the janky on-screen non-QWERTY keyboard as your Apple TV keyboard. Wowzers. What you’re typing is… Read More

  • Bloops: ESPN remote is teh suk

    PC Magazine reviewed the new ESPN Ultimate Remote and found it sorely lacking. The programming mode is the most problematic – it basically uses codes the way older universal remotes did – and even the magical powers of Wi-Fi don’t really add much to the package. The browser is WAP-only and seems redundant when you could just go grab a laptop and get the same information. Read More