Harmony Remotes Continue to Expand with Ultimate Hub for Smartphones
Ultimate Hub does IR, RF and Bluetooth
June 20, 2013 by Grant Clauser

Remember a few months ago when we reported that Logitech was getting out of the remote control business and wanted to sell off the Harmony brand? Well, we take that back.

Logitech has decided that the Harmony remotes still have something in them, and in fact the company is expanding the line. According to a press statement, Logitech says that since April, the Harmony line has “gained momentum” after the instruction of the Harmony Ultimate remote.

To keep that momentum going, Logitech is launching the Harmony Ultimate Hub. It’s similar to the original Harmony Hub, which put all your home theater controls into an iPod/iPad/Android app and communicated to the AV gear via a little hub.

The new Ultimate Harmony Hub includes IR, Bluetooth and RF communications. This means that it can control game systems like the PS3 and you can hide your home theater gear inside a cabinet or closet, because you don’t need a line-of-sight.

The Ultimate Hub will be available in August for $99.

More about home control/automation here:
Frequently Asked Questions About Home Automation
Is IP Control Replacing IR?
A Good Home Automation System is Worth Repeating

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Grant Clauser - Technology and Web Editor, Electronic House
Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had training from THX, the Home Acoustics Alliance, Control4 and Sencore. His latest book is Necessary Myths. Follow him on Twitter @geclauser.

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