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montechristo
2006-02-09, 10:22
Just pondering what remote solution for the living room.

Requirements are

1. Able to display Album Art
2. No Cables
3. Battery powered, (nowhere to plug mains in next to the sofa
4. Very user friendly, must pass teh Wife Test
5. Capable of being setup to control the Amp, CD Player, TV, e.t.c

And thats all.

I have been thinking about a Phillips Pronto for years, but don't reckon that will support Album Art?

And I think that any universal remotes are also out.


What have you? Would you? use in this scenario

PAUL WILLIAMSON
2006-02-09, 11:24
>>> montechristo.22z38b (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com 02/09/06 12:22 PM
>>>
>
>Just pondering what remote solution for the living room.
>
>Requirements are
>
>1. Able to display Album Art
>2. No Cables
>3. Battery powered, (nowhere to plug mains in next to the sofa
>4. Very user friendly, must pass teh Wife Test
>5. Capable of being setup to control the Amp, CD Player, TV, e.t.c
>
>And thats all.
>
>I have been thinking about a Phillips Pronto for years, but don't
>reckon that will support Album Art?
>
> What have you? Would you? use in this scenario

Any decent color PDA with a network connection and TelCanto
should work fine. The handheld skin might do, so try that first.

Paul

montechristo
2006-02-09, 14:11
know any that run on batteries?

radish
2006-02-09, 14:19
All PDAs run on batteries. The difficulty will be in having a single device which can control the SB (via web/telcanto in order to get album art) and other devices (via IR). Many PDAs do have IR emitters, but they tend to be weak and/or facing the wrong direction. So you need a seperate IR emitter card (they exist for CF slots) as well as IR remote software. It also means you're switching between apps depending on what you're controlling - nasty.

What _I_ would do is use something like a Nokia 770 (or a wifi PDA, but I think the 770 does a better job of the web), and then use the SB's IR blaster functionality to control the other devices through that.

In my case the album art is not really important, so I use a universal remote. I'm very happy with the Harmony products - excellent WAF and the new ones with the color screen look the part.

RDaneel
2006-02-09, 16:06
Nokia 770 is my vote... it rocks!

http://av123forum.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=12566