Logitech has had a commanding presence in the universal remote control market, offering some of the most dynamic remote functions on a wide range of devices.
The company has announced two new remotes to add to its line-up, the “Logitech Harmony Ultimate” and the “Logitech Harmony: Smart Control”. With both of these options, there is the “Logitech’s Harmony Hub” and the “Harmony Smartphone App”. The app will allow closed-cabinet control and one-touch entertainment access to a customer’s game console from either the universal remote or a users smartphone. The Harmony Hub also can program the popular “Philips Hue lights” with the Logitech Harmony Ultimate.
“We’ve elevated the universal remote to the next level, taking a personalized approach to home entertainment,” said Joerg Tewes vice president of Logitech’s digital home business group at Logitech. “Furthermore, our Harmony product line is no longer just about entertainment access – we’ve designed the Logitech Harmony Ultimate so you can also control your home’s lighting. Now you can tune the TV, start a movie and adjust your lights to set the mood, with the touch of your finger.”
There’s a good chance your system will work with the Logitech Harmony Ultimate or the Logitech Harmony Smart Control, since more than “225,000 home-entertainment devices” and more than “5,000 brands” are compatible with the devices. This according to the Logitech announcement. The Harmony Hub uses Bluetooth wireless technology to power on game consoles like the the PS3, Nintendo Wii or the Wii U.
You can control up to 15 devices using the Logitech Harmony Ultimate, and the 2.4-inch color touch-screen allows for quick “swipes and taps” to control devices around your home. Other exclusive features include, “vibration feedback so you know it received your touch-screen commands, tilt sensors and buttons programmable for both short and long presses, doubling the available functions” according to Logitech.
The Logitech Harmony Ultimate is expected to be available in the U.S. in April and Europe in May 2013, for a suggested retail price of $349.99 in the U.S. The Logitech Harmony Smart Control is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe in May 2013, for a suggested retail price of $129.99 in the U.S. The Logitech Harmony Smartphone App will be available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play.
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