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Logitech Harmony Ultimate Home remote will control your whole home

In the world of universal remotes the Logitech Harmony brand stands atop the mountain, and the company has detailed new home automation product compatibility with four new products. The new Harmony Living Home lineup gives customers the chance to run all of their automation devices, all from one centralized control system.

“Harmony led the path for simplifying home entertainment, and now we’ve taken that expertise to also simplify home automation,” said Chad Thompson, senior director of worldwide marketing and product management. “As more connected devices such as the Nest Learning Thermostat™, Philips® hue lights and August™ Smart Locks come to market and enter the home, there’s more of a need than ever before for a centralized way to simply control all of the home’s devices – the Harmony Living Home lineup does just that.”

With just a few easy steps your remote, tablet or smartphone can now control your TV, set-top box, speakers, lighting, thermostat, door locks, window shades and other popular devices. Plus, you can easily combine multiple devices into Activities to trigger at once so you can power on your TV, dim your lights, adjust the temperature and open your window shades all at the same time. You can start an Activity with one touch of your remote or mobile device, automatically on a custom schedule, or by passing a sensor. You can even trigger Activities from the Harmony Mobile App when you’re not at home.

Highlights of the new lineup include: (as detailed by Logitech)

Logitech Harmony Home Hub

The Harmony Living Home experience is made possible by the Logitech Harmony® Home Hub. It uses RF, IR, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to relay commands from Logitech Harmony Living Home remotes or the Harmony Mobile App to the wide array of home entertainment and home automation devices. The Logitech Harmony Home Hub is included with the Logitech Harmony Ultimate Home and Logitech Harmony Home Control, or it can be purchased separately for a suggested retail price of $99.99.

Logitech Harmony Ultimate Home

The Logitech Harmony Ultimate Home remote features a bright 2.4-inch color touch-screen and allows you to integrate and control all of your compatible home automation devices and up to 15 home entertainment devices. You can swipe and tap the touch screen to access all your Harmony Activities, see a device’s status and modify its settings, change channels, adjust volume, and fast-forward or rewind. The Logitech Harmony Ultimate Home is available in black or white for a suggested retail price of $349.99.

Logitech Harmony Home Control

For those who prefer a simple, button-only remote, the Logitech Harmony Home Control – in addition to the Harmony Mobile App for your tablet or smartphone – works with the Harmony Home Hub to give you access and control of your home automation devices and up to eight home entertainment devices. The Logitech Harmony Home Control is available in black or white for a suggested retail price of $149.99.

Logitech Harmony Hub Extender

For customers wanting even more control, Logitech also introduced the Logitech Harmony Hub Extender. The Extender enables additional compatibility of the Logitech Harmony Home Hub, controlling lights, locks, sensors, garage doors and other devices operating through ZigBee® or Z-Wave®. The Logitech Harmony Hub Extender is expected to be available for a suggested retail price of $129.99.

Device Compatibility and Availability

August, Honeywell, Kwikset, Lutron, the Nest Learning Thermostat, PEQ, Philips hue, Schlage, SmartThings, Sylvania, Yale and Zuli are among the brands and platforms joining the Harmony library of more than 270,000 compatible devices. And with the introduction of the Harmony Developer Program, the list of compatible devices will continue to change and grow. For the most up-to-date list of compatible devices, please visit myharmony.com/compatibility. If you’re a brand interested in becoming a part of the Harmony Developer Program and integrating with the Harmony platform, please visit myharmony.com/developer.

The Logitech Harmony Living Home lineup is expected to be available in the U.S. and Canada beginning in September 2014. The Logitech Harmony Hub Extender is expected to be available in the U.S. and Canada beginning December 2014.