Now that smartphones are getting to be the size of small TVs, you know what they need? Remote controls -- that's right! At least that's the thinking from a company called Qblinks, which recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for Qmote, a small, water-resistant, metallic device with one button that can act as a remote for your phone. While a one-button remote might not seem all that useful, you are actually able to program different clicks for different results. Need to get your phone's flashlight on in a hurry? Click once. Want to activate your camera's shutter to take a group selfie? Click twice. Want to pause your Spotify playlist? Use one long click followed by one quick click. And so on and so forth. Related stories Set phasers to channel-surf with insanely detailed 'Star Trek' remote control Controlling your DSLR with a TV remote SmartThings to control Samsung's smart appliances Beyond just operating your phone, though, the Qmote is IFTTT compatible. … [Read more...] about A remote control for your smartphone (and lots of other stuff too)
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LAS VEGAS -- Samsung Electronics recently announced the release of its 2014 Smart Control, the remote included with most of its new Smart TVs, and today we got the chance to try one in-hand. The updated clicker now supports motion control a la a Nintendo Wiimote or LG Magic Motion wand, and it also includes a touch pad. The touch pad is one-fifth the size of last year's. It supports a swiping left/right gesture to flick between Samsung Smart Hub panels or content listings across multiple pages. It's now bounded by four directional buttons enabling users to "access their content more accurately." After a few minutes playing with a preproduction version at CES, we can report it is indeed better than last year's. Resting your thumb on the touch pad tells the remote to engage motion control mode, summoning up a cursor you can direct quickly and accurately around the screen. It works just like LG's remote (or a Wii), but I really appreciated the ease with which I could enter and exit … [Read more...] about Updated hands-on: Samsung TV remote gets motion control
What do you call the remote control in your house? The remote, the clicker, the hoofer-doofer -- or the iPhone? Sky has teamed up with telly-watching app Zeebox to turn your smart phone or tablet into a remote control for your Sky box. Remote-control features will be built into Sky apps so you can take charge of your viewing with your mobile or slate, as well as discussing what you're watching live with other viewers on social networks. Zeebox is a social TV-watching service that hooks into your Twitter and Facebook accounts to show what your friends are watching, and give real-time viewing figures. It also works out what's being talked about on TV, and creates tags for those references, called Zeetags, that you can click on to find out what a show is referring to. You can even buy things that are mentioned in the programme. Zeebox was co-founded by the chief technical wonk behind the BBC's iPlayer, Anthony Rose. Sky has bought a 10 per cent stake in Zeebox for a … [Read more...] about Sky remote control comes to your smart phone
Now Playing: Watch this: Samsung Smart Remote: Hands-on with the best TV clicker... 3:02 I'm the first to argue that a buying a TV should be about the combination of picture quality and value first, and everything else second. The remote included with that TV should be placed pretty far down the list of priorities.That said, the remote you use to control your TV and other gear is important. It sees constant use, especially if you do a lot of DVRing or perform other interactions beyond watching passively, and ideally it should be as simple as possible, intuitive and ergonomic. Samsung's 2014 Smart Remote is all of those things and more, making it the best remote I've ever used on a TV. That doesn't mean I recommend it over a good universal remote, especially for power users with lots of extra gear they want to command from one clicker. But if you have a simple system -- the TV, cable box/DVR. and maybe a sound bar and Blu-ray player -- it works better than any included clicker at … [Read more...] about Samsung Smart Remote: Hands-on with the best TV clicker yet
By almost every design measure, TV remote controls are total failures. My Comcast Custom DVR remote contains 54 buttons; I doubt I use more than 10 of them. I may as well have a QWERTY keyboard connected to my HDTV. And I could live with all the buttons if I needed just one remote to control all my home-theater equipment—but that's not the case. I have to use my Sharp remote to adjust my HDTV settings, too. And that remote has another 48 buttons! There's got to be a better way to control our electronics, and I'm betting Sonos Controller for iPhone represents the future of remote controls. Sonos's applet for iPhone won't do it all by itself, of course; it simply controls the Sonos multi-room music system (if you happen to own one). It doesn't control your TV, DVR, or any other electronics. Still, by taking advantage of the iPhone's touch screen to replace a traditional hardware remote, Sonos is creating the mold for a new type of remote control, one that is based on touch screens … [Read more...] about Lose Your Remote Control?