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Infrared remote control

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by DeathChant, May 24, 2010.

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    Hi guys,

    I would like to know if the ipad can be programmed to use as a universal remote control, eg, the tv, hi-fi, projector and the gate to my house.

    If I am not wrong, ipad does not have infrared, but maybe the wi-fi from it can be sent to another device to throw the infrared signal to the individual appliances.

    Can ipad use nevo?

    Thanks in advance!
    DC
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    ipad remote control bluetooth

    FLPR Universal Remote Control for iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch It is a hardware add on for the ipad

    FLPR is the universal remote control for your iPhone, iPod touch and now even the iPad.

    Turn your favourite Apple device into a remote control for just about any infra red controlled device - TV, blu ray DVD, set top box, music or media centre or even Foxtel IQ. Replace all those remotes on your couch with your iPhone. Get rid of that massive Logitech all-in-one remote by plugging in a FLPR to your iPod touch.
    FLPR By New Potato Technologies is a revolutionary new accessory and app that transforms iPhone and iPod touch into a universal remote control, Also compatible with iPad.

    You can control multiple electronic devices, including televisions, cable and satellite boxes, stereo systems, lights, ceiling fans and just about anything else that uses an infrared remote control. The revolutionary FLPR replaces a sea of remotes cluttering up the home.

    Product Features

    Accessory and free App create powerful universal remote combo
    Controls multiple devices: TV’s, cable & satellite boxes, DVR’s, DVD’s, receivers and more
    14,000 pre-programmed IR codes for easy setup
    No batteries: powered by iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
    User friendly and easy set up
    The free FLPR app is available from iTunes store
    Cheers col
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    Thanks alot col.bris!
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    Good description, but had anyone USED this on the iPad?
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    It is brand new go to web site read reviews that is best answer ok.
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    When Logitech and Google release there Google TV box you will be able to use the iPad as a Harmony remote!
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    Yes, but not using RF. It'll communicate using Wi-Fi over TCP/IP (my Crestron remote currently does this, as does the current "Apple Remote" app, so it's nothing new, it's just not going to be a line-of-sight RF remote).
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    I like that.
    The iPad's so frickin' big there'll be no more losing the remote in the sofa cushions...
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    Lol. I use my iPhone to control Apple tv I don't think I want my new ipad on coffee table as a remote as it will be covered in finger prints from family not to mention maybe damaged, I have 3 adult kids at home love to eat kentucky fried in front of tv.
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    That is one thing that is on the iPad wish list for many, to have the iPhone app for iTunes/Apple TV. I think I am just going to get a new Harmony remote.
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    The iPad is a natural for replacing ALL of your living room remotes. If some developer would come up with a decent solution that's relatively simple to program and operate it'd be a winner. Think about it, how many of our ipads reside in the living room or close to it... There's a device out there for iPhones that looked promising, can't remember the name right now, but all the developer has to do is make an iPad specific app .....

    BTW, I have a Harmony remote and hate it. Buttons are too small and prgoramming is not very intuitive.
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    I use FLPR on my iPad, iPod touch and iPhone and am very satisfied. It is easy to program, looks ok and functions well. I control a bluray player, HD DVD player, onkyo HT prepro, sacd player and projector. Working on getting x10 lighting programmed. Talked with the company and they are developing an iPad app. Right now it is just 2x iPhone app on the iPad. Nice thing is I can program all three devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch), leave the dongle in the theater and use whatever device I am carrying at the time. Best buy had them on sale for $60 a few weeks ago and I picked one up. Give it 7 out of 10 the way it is now.
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    The Harmony remotes come in several flavors. I have owned a 520 for a long time and agree the buttons are small. It does a lot better than any other remote I have owned. The problem with the iPad as a remote is that you are going to have a attachment which will interfere with charging. What would work is a device that uses a wifi/Bluetooth device placed where it will connect to the devices via infrared. The iPad has a program that works like Harmony. You select a device and function. The iPad transmit to the infrared transmitter and it works the device. Best thing is that you can control it from any room.
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    I'm not familiar with flpr but I do have the Re device. It's an infrared attachment which connects to the proprietary Apple connector on the bottom of both the iPhone and iPAD. It is very flexible and works well except the application for the IPAD is a warmed over iPhone one meaning it occupies only the middle third vertical stripe on the IPAD face and uses the same, rather boring buttons. To my knowledge no developer has a solution which uses the entire IPAD screen. From my view an infrared hand-held substitute is an old tech solution. The other day I came across a software package which works with the Wi-Fi and runs a controller which outputs infrared signals to the little buds you can place in front of each head unit. This way you don't have to hold the thing up in the air when you need direct line of sight to make it work.
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    I didn't see this option in this thread. Thought you might like it.

    Search for UnityRemote, sorry, can't post links yet.

    It's a combination of an ir-transmitter that is controlled by your iPad, iPod or iPhone. It has to be placed somewhere in the line of sight of all your ir controlled hardware.

    If there'd be a way to control everything using bluetooth it'd be great. This way you could place all your stuff out of sight.
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    If you have a XBMC setup, there is an iPad app that allows you to control many of the functions via Wi-Fi. It's pretty cool!
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    I've been using the Re for some time now and not very happy with it. First of all it plugs into the proprietary Apple connector on the bottom of the device so you have to remember to remove it (and lose it?) to keep the device charged and secondly you have to get it up in the air enough to achieve line of sight; it is very sensitive to orientation.

    I have opted for iRule and a Global Cache internet controller device ($50 and $150 respectively) It uses RF which means line of sight is not important. The GC has infrared (and RS232) outputs to place on your devices. Further, manufacturers (Denon for sure) have made their receivers internet IP compatible so you don't even need the controller for that device. With iRule you can make a screen (they have easy to follow tutorials for this) which uses the entire IPAD real-estate. Re's only permits the same area as the iPhone/iPod.
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    like this one

    Am using the iPad to remote control an soundsystem docked iPod Touch with this:

    Tunes Remote
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    DemoControlHD app

    DemoControlHD iTunes app from DemoPad lets you control anything with your own custom user interface - anything which can be directly controlled via IP, or you can use additional hardware like the Global Cache / Keene range of products - IP to infra red, IP to RS232 etc etc.
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    Have a google for a product from Gear4 - it's a funky little IR sender which is controlled via wifi. Pop it in your lounge and control all your devices (any any new ones) from the ipad.

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