Coolest Gadgets is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

Griffin and Dijit rolls out Android-Compatible Beacon Universal Remote Control System

The new Beacon universal remote control system is said to be able to transform Android phones and tablets into easy-to-use, never-lost remotes that will target home entertainment centers. This is the fruit of the partnership between Griffin and Dijit, where the latest Android-only version of the Beacon Universal Remote Control System will pair itself with Android-powered devices over a Bluetooth connection, where it will play nice with Dijit’s free Universal Remote App so that you are able to experience full and complete control over the entire home entertainment system straight from the Android interface. According to Mark Rowan, President of Griffin Technology, “With the proliferation of new Android-based phones being announced each week, Beacon for Android was a natural progression for us. We look forward to bringing the most powerful and easiest-to-use remote control to the Android user base.” Just how does the Beacon work? Well, it basically converts Bluetooth signals from smartphones and tablets into infrared signals that are the norm used to control consumer electronics devices. Beacon more or less delivers complete control over TVs, DVRs, stereos and other home entertainment devices to users, although you will be able to benefit from the flexibility of a touchscreen interface. Even better is this – since you lose your smartphone far less often than a couch remote control, this is one remote that I am quite sure you will not end up losing. The Beacon will run off a quartet of AA batteries, and since there are no bulky cases or dongles, wires or cables to work with, setting it up is a cinch. All you need to do is pair it up via Bluetooth and download the free Dijit app for Android, and you are good to go. Just make sure your tablet or smartphone running the Dijit app is powered by Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread or greater. Product Page ]]>