updated 12:35 pm EDT, Wed June 15, 2011
Griffin unveils Beacon iOS remote
Griffin on Wednesday shipped a wireless remote bridge for iPhone and iPod touch owners that promises a simpler link than most for controlling a home theater. A Beacon adapter translates a Bluetooth link from the iOS device to an infrared signal that upwards of 200,000 devices can understand. It supports navigation, input, volume, and other common controls on anything from TVs and Blu-ray players to DVRs and the Apple TV.
Unlike Thinkflood's RedEye or other devices, the Bluetooth lets it tie in without needing special setup on a Wi-Fi network. If they like, viewers can go completely wireless and run the Beacon off of four AA batteries
Dijit's universal remote app (free, App Store serves as the main interface and gets frequent updates as new equipment gets tested.
The Beacon should be available both directly and through Apple as of today for about $80.