A Berlin-based company has developed a new gadget that converts your iPhone into a universal TV controller, which works on all major models of television. The VooMote One is a sleeve that fits over your mobile and allows you to choose your programme or flip between functions - and make calls too.
You can control dozens of gadgets, ranging from your DVR to your computer or high-end digital camera. Some of the coolest apps in Apple's (AAPL) iPhone App Store are widgets that let you use your iPhone or iPod touch as a remote control. The best news: Many remote control apps are free, and most are a few bucks or less.
There are also the volume controls, which one would normally associate with a TV remote.
According to the manufacturer Zero1.tv, the device works with wireless technology and captures more than 30,000 infrared cords and thousands of electronic devices.
In total, it is compatible with "574 TV brands, 995 Top Box/DVR brands, and 151 audio and CD brands" with a list of codes that is regularly being updated.
There are many electronic appliances which can be controlled.
Free apps from DirecTV and AT&T let you program your digital video recorder from anywhere. You can search and change the song playing on your computer's iTunes jukebox from bed, across the house, or even outside. Or change volume settings, or hit pause, etc. Apple's $0.99 Keynote remote lets you control Keynote presentations if you own the iWork suite. Other apps, like Evan Schoenberg's $0.99 Rowmote can steer PowerPoint slides.
Sort of like how Nintendo's DS has a touch-sensitive second screen that often controls what's happening on the first screen, this will let you control and observe some of your flight simulator's features -- on your computer -- using the iPhone as a smaller, second screen.
Requires the $4.99 X-Plane Remote app and the $39 desktop X-Plane software.
Home automation apps like the $4.99 iHome remote for the Indigo server let you adjust your home lighting from anywhere.
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