Fremont, Calif. - Logitech has introduced Harmony Link, a device that when coupled with an app turns an iPad, iPhone or Android smartphone into a universal remote control.
The Harmony Link, which operates via Wi-Fi, is a puck-sized device designed to fit next to a TV. When set up with the Harmony Link app, the two enable users to browse a personalized schedule of their favorite shows, channels and genres while turning on the correct devices needed for the activity.
For example, if users select "Watch a movie," the DVD player and TV will turn on, or whatever combination of A/V equipment the user has predetermined. Up to eight devices can be controlled. An IR mini-blaster accessory is included, so devices inside closed furniture can be used.
It will be available in October for a $99.99 suggested retail.
More than one iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or Android smartphone can be used at a time, Logitech said, each customized with the user's favorite channels.
The manufacturer said it has teamed with Rovi to provide program information for the Harmony Link app, including show synopses, movie overviews and images.