Logitech reveals Harmony Ultimate and Smart Control systems
Logitech has taken the wraps off two new smart remote controls, the Harmony Ultimate and the Smart Control. Both products incorporate Logitech's Harmony Hub and Harmony Smartphone App to enable closed-cabinet control and one-touch access to game consoles from youíre the remote or a userís smartphone. The Harmony Ultimate can also program Philips Hue wireless lights for brightness and color.
Included 2.4-inch touchscreen shows channel icons
Logitech has added a touch-enabled remote control to its catalog. An extension to its existing remote control line, the Harmony Touch is a universal remote that has a 2.4-inch color touchscreen for extra control options, complimenting the more standard back-lit navigation and volume buttons above and below the display.
Logitech takes bath in last Google TV quarter
Logitech detailed some of the fuller extent of its Google TV fallout with its fall results early Thursday. The company's profit dropped by $10 million from year-to-year to $55 million, and its revenue from $754 million to $715 million, based primarily on poor results in the Americas as well as a poor exchange rate against the Euro. An eight-point drop in Americas sales was blamed heavily in a statement (PDF) on the final sales of the Google TV-based Revue, which brought down sales to $15 million after the steep price cuts triggered by a lack of sales.
Logitech unveils Harmony Link adapter for iPad
Logitech early Tuesday morning brought out the Harmony Link, an adapter focused on turning the iPad into a true multi-role remote. The puck-sized hub bridges a Wi-Fi link to infrared and, through an app, lets the iPad handle everything a Harmony remote could, including macro-based tasks like playing a movie or listening to a home stereo. Viewers also get a customized program guide through Rovi to help match the TV's own guide.
Logitech Revue gets October 6 unveiling
Logitech tonight sent an invite to the media for an October 6 event to launch its Google TV box, the Revue. The New York City event is being hosted by Logitech's Executive VP of Products Junien Labrousse and should include a "line of products" for Google TV. What would launch beyond the Revue itself wasn't said, but Android and iOS apps and a keyboard should be part of the plans.
Logitech Revue ads paint TVs as lonely, creepy
Logitech has recently started up an unusual set of video teasers (below) for its Google TV box, the Revue. The promo spots portray the TV as a "lonely" personified set but have it appear out of nowhere, scaring teenage girls and otherwise creating chaos. The ads don't provide more details but do promise the Revue will launch in the fall.
Logitech Revue made official
Logitech today removed some of the questions surrounding its Google TV box by posting an official Revue product page. While the company didn't have more details, it explained the name choice as an attempt to reflect the multi-purpose nature of the Android-powered add-on. Since the set-top can do everything a Harmony remote and Squeezebox can, it ought to reflect a multi-act performance like a revue, the gear maker said.
Logitech Google TV box is named Revue
The previously seen Logitech companion box for the Google TV platform has been named, earning the Logitech Revue with Google TV moniker. The device combines web access, cable or satellite content, apps, video calling and more onto a user's TV.
Logitech Google TV will work as Harmony device
Logitech in the wake of the Google TV launch at the I/O day 2 keynote has provided in-depth details of how its own companion box will work. The unnamed device is actually based on the Harmony 900 remote and simply bridges that out to other devices, including phones. Both Android and iPhone OS will get apps that control both Google TV and the other home theater devices in the room, whether they're Blu-ray players, DVRs or game consoles.
Logitech Harmony 300 omits screen for price
Logitech started off Wednesday by providing its least expensive universal remote to date. The Harmony 300 scraps the display entirely and instead uses a set of pre-programmed buttons to handle fully automated tasks like playing a DVD. All of the tasks are set up using a Mac or Windows PC through a web browser interface that taps into Logitech's device database.
Logitech Harmony 600 and 650, Z205 speakers debut
Logitech took advantage of the opening of CeBIT to add a spate of accessories to its lineup. The Harmony 650 and its monochrome sibling, the 600, provide a newer mainstream jumping-in point for universal remotes. While they don't have the touchscreen of the Harmony One, they now have one-button presets for common tasks like watching a movie or playing music that will handle all the associated steps at once. Their displays still provide a visual guide for less automated functions or for picking a favorite TV channel by its logo.
Logitech Harmony 900
Logitech on Tuesday brought some of its highest-end universal remote control features closer to the mainstream in the Harmony 900. It has the same color touchscreen and basic design of the Harmony One but adds an unusual RF to IR bridge system to improve its usefulness. The remote itself talks to an RF hub that in turn blasts an IR signal to one of two receivers. Doing so gives home theater and media center PC users the range and out-of-sight control of an omnidirectional RF signal but the compatibility with devices looking for an IR remote.
Logitech Harmony 1100
Logitech continued its wave of CES news with the release of the Harmony 1100, the sequel to last year's 1000. The update switches to a black anodized aluminum design and now adds customization to the 3.5-inch touchscreen's controls; users can add or remove buttons that appear under certain conditions, such as a software play/pause button after a movie starts. It also brings support for RF-based devices rather than just those using infrared for their normal remotes.
Logitech debuts 510 remote
Logitech has recently added another universal remote to its Harmony line with the Harmony 510. The entry-level remote sports 45 buttons and is capable of controlling five different devices. Based on the familiar shape shared with new and old remotes such as the Harmony 550 and Advanced Universal Remote for Xbox 360, the Harmony 510 has a different color scheme and a slightly different key configuration, including two fewer buttons. Unlike the 550, however, the less expensive 510 includes a battery status indicator and guided online set-up, in addition to what Logitech calls Onboard Intelligence and One-Touch Activity-Based control functions.
Toon Boom harmony
In brief: We have a review of mStation's 2.1 Stereo Orb, a Toon Boom Harmony update has been released, Rush Limbaugh complains about Time Machine, Back to My Mac, and there's a new fix for AppleScript's interaction with Google Desktop in Leopard ... We have posted a review of mStation's 2.1 Stereo Orb, which provides deep, rich bass and upscale features at a lower price than most other systems with a sub-woofer. This charming, yet innocuous little ball packs quite a punch. The matching colored plastic covered dock attachment is interchangeable with any of the six included iPod adapters. These are held in place by rubber rings, which is another sign of attention to audio detail, especially in a device that is designed to put out a lot of bass.
Logitech Squeezebox Duet
Logitech tonight followed up earlier announcements with updates to both its Squeezebox wireless music hubs and Harmony universal remotes. The Squeezebox Duet is the first new Squeezebox since Logitech acquired the device's parent company and gives much more control than previous models: the remote (pictured) builds in a 2.4-inch color LCD and gives both more precise control as well as the option of viewing album art, RSS feeds, and other information without turning to a computer or the main hub. A new scroll wheel and simplified interface also helps find content more quickly.