Earlier in the summer we reported on the launch of the
which turned your iPhone/iPad into a universal remote control, and Logitech has
now announced its own version.
The Logitech Harmony Link, when combined with its very own app
for iPad, aims to turn your iPad into “the smartest remote in the house.”
The iPad app will pull in local TV listings and let you
browse them before tuning in with the flick of a switch. The solid black puck
will set you back $99 in the United States where it is only available at the
The Logitech Harmony can replace up to eight remote controls
and currently supports more than 5,000 brands with more being added all the
time. It is even capable of learning IR commands from other remotes so you’ll
be able to control all aspects of your devices.
The device itself is an oval black puck with the only cable
being the power cable. It connects to your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch (iOS 4.0 or
above) or Android smartphone (2.x or above) over Wi-Fi and has a built-in
infra-red blaster to control nearby devices.
One neat feature is the activity based interface which means
with one flick of a switch will let you set up your entire system with whatever
your have preset for that activity, such as watching TV, playing games or
watching a movie.
While the iPad app lets you view TV listings, the iPhone,
iPod touch and Android apps don’t have this function at the moment.
The Harmony Link is available to pre-order in the States at
the moment and we are waiting to hear from Logitech regarding availability in