GEAR4 announces UnityRemote
Mention the name GEAR4 and chances are you will definitely have heard of it before, where this UK-based iPod and iPhone audio brand and case manufacturer has brought a bunch of its memorable creations to the world before, placing a strong emphasis on design. Well, they have just announced the availability of the UnityRemote in the US, which is available via Amazon (where else) – basically, the UnityRemote will be able to turn iPhone, iPod touch or iPad into a universal remote control. Sounds like the perfect Christmas present to receive this year if you happen to own any of the aforementioned iDevices, considering how pervasive the couch potato culture is worldwide these days. On a side note, do you remember the good old days when the TV had only a few channels, and yet you found yourself glued to a particular channel for much longer than you can remember? Today’s so much different, where kids go through a few hundred channels and complain that there is no thing to watch…
Meant to make controlling multi-media devices a snap, the universal UnityRemote from GEAR4 will allow users to control basically everything – and when they claim everything, they really mean it, from TVs to Hi-Fis, Blu-Ray players to digital TV boxes – basically any device that comes with an infrared receiver will do, all from a central gizmo. Since folks are already so comfortable and familiar with their iDevices, isn’t it a whole lot more convenient for them to use it as a remote as well? Of course, this would mean another program that will compete for your iDevice battery’s attention, so you might want to look into an extended battery especially for you iPhone owners out there.
The UnityRemote works with two parts, where a downloaded app (for free, yo!) from the Apple App Store will jive with a tiny device which can be placed anywhere in the room. Receiving a Bluetooth signal from the Apple device, it will then send an infrared command in 360 degrees through five infrared transmitters to the device to be controlled. The UnityRemote will play nice with the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch 2G, iPod touch 3G and iPad, where Amazon is stocking it for $99 a pop.