iPhone TV Remote No Longer A Fantasy

iPhone TV remote

Add one more to the list of things you can remote control with your iPhone: Via a new $50 infrared hardware attachment, getting demoed at CES this year, you can turn your iPhone into a universal remote control.

Peter Cohen, The Loop:

The accessory plugs into the iPhone or iPod touch’s dock connector. It measures 1.25 x .85 inches. Using a free app you’ll be able to download from the App Store, you drag and drop buttons into place to control your home entertainment devices.

The accessory works without batteries and will control any number of devices within about 30 feet, according to the manufacturer. It doesn’t require independent batteries, Wi-Fi or external power to function.

This probably won’t replace most peoples’ living room remotes: Who wants to rely on having their iPhone powered up and near the TV all the time? But good to know the capability exists; could be more useful with a spare living-room iPod touch; and we’re sure someone will find a use for it.

Now check out 15 more things you can remote control with your iPhone →

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