Consumers interested in turning their smartphone or tablet computer into a remote control for their home theater now have a high-end option available.
A New-England based company called ThinkFlood has debuted the second generation of their award-winning RedEye with a slew of professional-grade features, that compete with higher-end universal remote systems and home automation systems. RedEye is compatible with your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and even works your web browser and Android phone or tablet.
RedEye allows each person in your house to use their own smartphone, tablet, or PC as a controller -- and more than one controller can interact with your gear simultaneously.... As opposed to competitive entry-level universal remotes like Peel, a personalized TV guide to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that has a remote control feature ($99) or Gear4's Unity Remote ($99), that offers limited range for a single controller.
For those who've been eyeing the range of Harmony remotes - but haven't taken the plunge, RedEye offers features that compete well with Harmony while adding more flexibility. One touch launches any activity - watch TV, listen to music, play a video. You can even design your own custom screens and screen layouts for each activity. This means you can add/eliminate buttons you never use and create a layout themed to match to your favorite sports team.
The RedEye has integrated TV channel guide. RedEye also takes advantage of your smartphone's multi-touch and motion gesture features allowing you to flick your phone to up the volume on the TV. The software and upgrades are free for life and once your system is all setup, you can back everything up to a PC.