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Logitech Bows Newest Harmony

Fremont, Calif. – Logitech’s latest universal remote
control debuted today, featuring a color touchscreen.

The rechargeable Harmony 900 remote has redesigned RF technology,
Logitech said, that allows it to operate devices up to 100 feet away without
having to tape RF emitters on each device. To operate, users place the included
IR blaster and one or two of the mini blasters on the cabinet shelves near the
devices they want to control, and then use the remote touchscreen to select the

The Harmony 900 also features an intuitive button layout with
four “zones” – numbers, traditional DVD controls, D-pad with volume and channel
up/down, and onscreen menu buttons. What Logitech calls the “44 most-essential
buttons” appear on the remote. When users select an onscreen item such as
“Watch TV,” the remote will turn on the TV, the cable box, the A/V receiver and
any other necessary devices, said the company.

Scheduled to be available in September, the remote will retail
for a suggested $399.