January 07, 2011
| by Rachel Cericola
Forget screaming at your remote. It’s easy to ditch that remote, without having to actually change channels the old-fashioned way. Griffin Technology has teamed up with software developer Dijit to deliver the Beacon, a hardware/software package that turns your mobile into a universal remote control.
Using a small piece of hardware, the Beacon transforms Bluetooth signals into infrared. Those signals then work with Dijit’s Universal Remote App, which can put all of your home entertainment into the palm of our hand. There are no dongles or cables. Instead, the Beacon promises up to two months of use on four AA batteries.
Once the Beacon is connected, scroll through the Dijit app to find your HDTV, set-top box, Blu-ray player, and much more. If it’s not listed, you can use the integrated learning feature. After the setup is completed, you can use your portable to flip through channels, schedule the DVR, check the on-screen programming guide, and much more.
“Our partnership with Griffin Technology is making it possible for consumers to easily control their entertainment content from any iOS or smartphone device,” said Maksim Ioffe, dounder and CEO of Dijit. “The Beacon brings flawless fingertip search and discovery of all of your entertainment content all from your smartphone.”
The Beacon works with the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad. Check the product page for more information on compatible models. Expect to see the product in May 2011 for $79.99 (MSRP).
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.