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Jason Lee
04-15-2011, 03:00 AM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.ubergizmo.com/2011/04/conspin-andi-one/' target='_blank'>http://www.ubergizmo.com/2011/04/conspin-andi-one/</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"Android can be pretty much adapted to work on any sort of device - from phones to tablets and even car stereos, there's one more to add to the list of devices - universal remotes."</em></p><p><img height="313" src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/adt/auto/1302829302.usr206.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" width="446" /></p><p>Umm, I mean... Why not? Right? Android can be made to power about anything you want and here's yet another example of a manufacturer doing just that. It really makes sense once you think about it. All these new fangled fancy touch remotes that companies are making these days. Why bother writing your own custom firmware/OS for them when you can just leverage the power of Android and its armada of apps? If I actually owned any products that had remote controls I'd sure like something like this to drive them all. Any of you think one of these would be perfect for powering your massive home theater system?</p>

John Cody
04-16-2011, 01:20 AM
Most people have their cell phone with them, so why not use your cell phone as a remote?

No one wanted to carry around a camera in addition to their phone, so now most smartphones have a camera in them.

People didn't want to carry around a separate media player, so Smartphones now play music and videos.

So, why is it taking so long for Smartphone makers to realize it would be appealing to users if they could use their phone to control their home TV equipment instead of always searching for a separate/dedicated remote?

A whole new category of apps would be born with really cool abilities if smartphones just included an 20-cent IR LED in them!