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Pulse-Eight's Affordable Universal Remote Includes Full Keyboard

Pulse-Eight’s Affordable Universal Remote Includes Full Keyboard

Posted on 17 April 2012 by Peter Backx

The Pulse-Eight Motorola NYXBoard Hybrid remote’s small package hides a lot of functionality.

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Logitech Harmony 1000, 880,895 Universal Remote Control

Posted on 18 September 2006 by

A batch of Logitech Harmony Remote Control reviews:

Logitech Harmony 880 remote control review

Logitech Harmony 895 Review

and finally ehomeupgrade has a preview of the Logitech Harmony 1000 universal touch screen remote

Logitech has reinvented the Harmony® remote control. Adding a touch of luxury to its award-winning family of Harmony advanced universal remote controls, the company unveiled its new flagship Harmony 1000 remote, which includes a striking, color touch-sensitive screen. While it looks as expensive as traditional high-end, custom-installed remotes, the Harmony 1000 remote is more affordable, is easier for consumers to set up, and sets a new standard for ease of use.

hat tip to HTPCnews

Firefly Mini IR Remote Now Available

Firefly Mini IR Remote Now Available

Posted on 08 March 2006 by

I may have jumped the gun slightly with last weeks announcement; The SnapStream Firefly Mini IR remote is NOW available in the SnapStream Store.

Snapstream Blog Firefly Mini IR remote announcement and here is the Official Firefly Mini Product page. They’ve recently posted a mini-howto on the SnapStream blog that explains how to teach the FireFly mini a few new tricks

g808 who posted this blurb in the forum about the firefly mini:”It’s a smaller, scaled down IR version of their Firefly remote. It’s not for everyone since the range won’t be quite as good, and you cannot program the buttons. But if you have a universal remote you can program the mini into it and use the mini’s IR receiver and use one remote to control everything without messing with middleware like Girder, HIP, or Remote2Key.”

The fact that it is recognized right out of the box without any middleware/drivers as a HID compliant USB device is wicked cool! I think I’m going to have to break down and get one of these (if I can part with my RF firefly that is) and a logitech harmony remote to make the uber one remote to rule them all set up! Damn my gadget fetish!

SnapStream Releases Firefly Mini IR Remote

Posted on 24 February 2006 by

Snapstream Blog Firefly Mini IR remote announcement and here is the Official Firefly Mini Product page

Thanks to g808 who posted this blurb in the forum about the firefly mini:”It’s a smaller, scaled down IR version of their Firefly remote. It’s not for everyone since the range won’t be quite as good, and you cannot program the buttons. But if you have a universal remote you can program the mini into it and use the mini’s IR receiver and use one remote to control everything without messing with middleware like Girder, HIP, or Remote2Key.”

The fact that it is recognized right out of the box without any middleware/drivers as a HID compliant USB device is tres cool! If I wasn’t wedded to my RF FireFly I’d be all about the FireFly mini 😉

HTPCNews Review: MS Remote Keyboard

Posted on 22 August 2005 by

For those of you that use MS Windows XP MCE, this could be of interest to you. HTPCNews has got a review of the new MS Remote Keyboard. From the looks of the early parts of the review though, it looks to be exclusive to MCE, sorry GB, Sage and BeyondTV users! From their review:

A few years ago Microsoft released it’s Media Center operating system geared toward the extremely young HTPC Market. With early products such as myHTPC, SageTV and others on the market it seemed like this “trend” as some called it, was growing beyond anyone’s belief. More and more HTPC oriented software, plug-ins, and peripherals were being announced and released. Everyone and their mother to this day though is still looking for the perfect accessories to go with their setup. Anything that would make the integration seem less PC like and more home theater oriented was always a welcome addition.

The product being reviewed today is one of those products. Microsoft’s new Remote Keyboard for Windows XP Media Center Edition. Notice how it isn’t labeled as a Keyboard first, but as a Remote. This is well justified too as this is exactly as it sounds, a Remote Keyboard.

Microsoft’s Remote Keyboard for Windows XP Media Center Edition

Posted on 12 July 2005 by

Engadget sneak peak at Microsoft’s Remote Keyboard for Windows XP Media Center Edition

Here’s the source article (be sure to have your popup blocker enabled and avert your eyes from flashing banners of doom! oy vey!) Microsoft® Remote Keyboard for Windows XP MCE ( high rez photo )

New Microsoft® Remote Keyboard for Windows XP Media Center Edition enables greater interaction and control of a Media Center PC compared with a regular remote. This three-in-one device, the first of its kind, makes it easy to turn up the volume, type a message, or point and click with the fully integrated remote, keyboard and mouse capabilities — all without ever having to leave the couch.

It sure looks slick, but I’m not going to replace my more budget minded BTC Wireless USB Keyboard 9019URF

BTC Wireless Keyboard Final Giveaway Reminder

BTC Wireless Keyboard Final Giveaway Reminder

Posted on 25 April 2005 by Peter Backx

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED

The winner of the 2nd giveaway of a BTC 9019URF wireless keyboard courtesty of PCAlchemy has been drawn. Congratulations to BYOPVR forum member Banti!

If you missed Sunday night’s deadline you have one final opportunity to possibly score a BTC 9019URF wireless keyboard! The the final “word hunt” keyboard giveaway has been awarded in the official forum thread.

See the full BTC Wireless keyboard giveaway announcement

Thanks again to PCAlchemy.com for sponsoring the giveaway!

New SD Card Universal Remote Control Device

Posted on 10 September 2004 by

I know it’s no “turn your ipod into a convoluted remote control” but this SD card with an IR transmitter piqued my interest.

It looks like currently only PALM devices… My SD slot resides on the side of my Dell Axim anyways which would be kinda silly, but with a little software on the handheld side a very cool universal remote could hypothetically be had with one of these.

At the least you could have some fun at your local sports bar changing the channels in the middle of a football game over to ice skating =P

Thanks to ra for the link suggestion.

iPod as a Universal Remote

Posted on 29 July 2004 by

In one of the most interesting projects I’ve seen in a while, the “How-To Turn your iPod in to a Universal Infrared Remote Control” project is quite exciting.

Here is the project description: This week’s How-To is a fun one, we take an iPod and turn it in to a universal infrared remote control which can be used to control all your home electronic equipment, or just about anything that uses a remote control, for example in our place we have our iPod controlling our TV, DVD Player, Direct TV, Ultimate TV PVR, Media Center PC, Xbox, XM Satellite Radio, Roomba and a few other random things like a Robot.

How is this possible?

Either read the article, or read more for high-level info…
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