Any iPhone user has already realized that there’s a really big difference between the iPhone and all the other cell phones on the market, including the Androids. One of the keys is international Apple brand recognition that started with the iPod and with Apple’s iTunes. Beyond computers, these little media and communication devices have integrated into people’s lives faster and deeper than any religion or ideology. The development of the APP allows software applications to be used in an iPhone, iTouch, and the upcoming iPad without any need of a hard drive. They are transferred directly from iTunes. Complex power seems to be ethereal.
Because of this incredibly exciting system of software distribution, manufacturers and other businesses are developing APPS to add more empowerments to iPhone users. Because these are all from primed sources, the APP integrity is usually flawless. One of the newest APPS to be introduced lets you use your iPhone as a universal remote control. You can virtually eliminate that stack of remotes in your entertainment room with your iPhone. Now that’s significant.
Developed by L5 Technology, the L5 Remote will consist of a very small hardware device that plugs into an iPhone or iPod touch dock connector, plus a free app to be available from the iTunes App Store. The L5 Remote will offer a quick and easy drag and drop set-up, so consumers can create their own ideal, personally customized remote control interface. The L5 Remote will be available at www.jr.com.
You purchase the L5 Remote hardware – an adaptor measuring 1.25 x .85 inches – and plug it into the iPhone or iPod touch docking port. You will then be prompted to download a free app from the iTunes App Store, which allows them to simply drag-and-drop any desired combination of buttons to create their own perfect remote control interface. A short, guided training sequence follows, resulting in a smart remote control that replaces your pile of old remotes with a single powerful and convenient one. Using infrared technology, the L5 Remote will be able to control any number of devices in any number of rooms. Set it up to control products in the living room, bedroom, office, or any other location. The L5 Remote will work to a distance of approximately 30 feet.
The L5 remote is very easy to set up. First you ‘design’ the remote you want by dragging and dropping the buttons, sizing them, and naming them. Then you ‘assign’ the buttons by touching the button you want to program, and then pressing the corresponding button on your old remote while pointing it at the L5 remote. The app clearly steps you through the process. It can literally replace up to 100,000 buttons from up to 1000 remotes.
The L5 Remote is portable and does not require batteries, Wi-Fi or external power to work. The product can control thousands of devices, including TVs, cable boxes, stereos, DVD players, ceiling fans, air conditioners, and many other products. It connects directly to your iPhone.
The L5 remote requires OS 3.0 or later. You can update your OS in iTunes on your computer. The L5 remote h as a range of about 30 feet in use, and about 1 foot when transferring signals from your old remote to the L5 remote. Because it uses infrared technology, it will not interfere with Bluetooth or Radio Frequency remote devices, like garage doors.
We are at dawn of a new millennium of civilization and the Apple iPhone is technologically refining not only the way we communicate but also how well we live through media distribution and control of our immediate environment. The driving force of the iPhone and the iPad is not from some abstract external force but from a collective, a variety of independent thinkers sharing ideas and ways to improve our lifestyle. The L5 Remote hardware and its iPhone APP work to solve the domestic angst of using (and storing) many remotes at home. Now, perhaps, we should consider how we could get the iPhone to hold its battery power for a longer duration. It’s still evolution, a step at a time. Happily ever aftering remains an active process.