Logitech has revealed the Harmony Link, its latest addition to the Harmony line of accessories, which until now mostly included universal remote controls. Featuring a hockey puck-like design, the Harmony Link requires a home WiFi network and the free Logitech Harmony Link App. When installed on an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or an Android-based device, it enables IR-based remote operation of up to eight home-entertainment devices.
There's a number of ways to turn a smartphone into a universal remote, such as the L5 Remote IR dongle or VooMote One IR sleeve. Logitech's solution facilitates this task utilizing the WiFi network which in present in many households these days. It does, however, require the smartphone's WiFi to be always on.
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According to Logitech, the Harmony Link App comes with an activity-based interface, which is also optimized for using swipes and taps to control the TV without glimpsing the remote. The Harmony Link App for iPad will provide users with program guides and personalized TV listings from Rovi. The Harmony Link also includes an IR mini-blaster accessory, which allows users to control devices placed in enclosed cabinets.
The Logitech Harmony Link works with iOS 4.0-based or Android 2.x WiFi-enabled devices, and requires the free Harmony Link App, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Android Market. The device is available for pre-order for U.S.-based customers, is priced at US$99.99, and is due out in October.
Take a look at the following promotional video presenting the unit: