From the Manufacturer
UnityRemote turns your iPhone into a universal remote.
Create Actions that make it easy to control multiple devices simultaneously.
UnityRemote will control virtually any home entertainment device that uses an infrared remote. It knows almost every device right when you take it out of the box. Those devices not already in the database can easily be taught to the remote--simply point your old remote at UnityRemote to add it to the database.
Five infrared blasters emit a room-filling 360-degree signal, allowing UnityRemote to find all of your devices no matter where they are in the room. Simply place the sleek, wireless unit anywhere in the line of sight of your devices, and UnityRemote will control them by receiving Bluetooth signals and transmitting infrared.
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Download the free UnityApp for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, follow the set-up assistant, and instantly transform your device into the control center for all your home entertainment devices. UnityRemote's advanced user interface uses your Apple device's easy-to-use touchscreen for cutting-edge functionality. Change channels, adjust volume, and pause TV with standard tap and swipe gestures. Gestures are programmable as well--simply assign specific devices and commands to your movements.
Customizable Actions Allow Simultaneous Control of Multiple Devices
UnityRemote's app-based functionality allows for full customization of your remote. Program what you want buttons to do, assign gestures to specific actions, and customize what you want to see on-screen. Creating Actions allows you to control multiple items simultaneously. For example, turn on your TV, DVD player, and stereo, select the right channel, and start playing a DVD all with the push of a single button.
Several different devices can be controlled by one onscreen interface, allowing you to control video playback and amplifier volume without having to switch control screens. Auto-connect time even enables you to set UnityRemote to wake up and shut down at certain times of the day.
Up to eight different Apple devices can be paired with a UnityRemote, so you don't have to rely on one person's device. Only one device can be in control at a time however, so there won't be any channel-changing wars.
Wireless and Discreet
UnityRemote runs on three AA batteries, so there are never any power cords to worry about. There is also no dongle required, so there's no need to plug anything into your Apple device before you can use it.
Compatible with iPhone, iPod, and iPad
UnityRemote is compatible with iPhone (3GS and 4G), iPod touch (3G and 4G), and iPad (1G and 2G).
What's in the Box
UnityRemote, three AA batteries, and user manual.
How many remote controls do you have in your family room? And how many are lost under couch cushions or otherwise misplaced? The UnityRemote from GEAR4 aims to remedy your remote woes by combining them all into one device--your iPhone or iPod touch. UnityRemote lets you use your iPhone's screen gestures to control multiple devices and have 360-degree room coverage, with no "dongle" required. Control everything--from TVs to hi-fis, Blu-ray players to digital TV boxes, or anything that has an infrared receiver--using a single device.
How Does It Work?
UnityRemote consists of two parts. The first is an app, which is downloaded for free from the Apple App Store. The second part is a small and sleek device that receives Bluetooth and transmits and receives infrared signals. iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads cannot currently send infrared signals, so this clever device receives a Bluetooth signal from the Apple device, and then sends an infrared command via five infrared transmitters to the device to be controlled.
The transmitter/receiver is small and discreet, and is powered by AA batteries, with no need for a power outlet. You can place it anywhere in the room, wherever it's most convenient.
How Is It Set Up?
UnityRemote is a breeze to set up. After launching the app, users simply select the device to be controlled from a default list of manufacturers. If the device to control is not listed, UnityRemote can easily "learn" how to control it.
Users can also set up "actions" for UnityRemote, to control multiple devices simultaneously. From one touch, users can turn on their TV, DVD player, digital TV box, and their home cinema sound system. Users can adjust the remote layout so that one remote layout has the buttons for multiple devices on the same screen, such as "Play" from the DVD player and volumes for the surround system.
UnityRemote App Features
Unity's Main Screen
Unity is the main screen of UnityRemote. It shows the various combined remote layouts and "actions" you have set up. Press an "action" (e.g., "Watch Movie") to access the unified remote for a Blu-ray player, surround sound system, and TV, and launch a series of automated steps such as switching on all devices, setting the TV to a specific channel, or inputting and sending a "Play" command.
Unity Actions (Detail Screen)
This behind-the-scenes screen shows what you have programmed the "Watch Movie" action to do. In this example, by simply pressing "Watch Movie" on the main screen, three devices will automatically power on. You can add more steps like "Go to Channel 102" or "Press Play." The combinations are virtually infinite.
The Unified Remote Screen
Once you have selected an Action, the unified remote screen brings control over several devices into one screen. In this example, you can control the volume of your TV while you press "Play" on your Blu-ray player. All icons can be selected and rearranged to your preference.
Set Up Gestures
The best thing about a touchscreen is not having to look at it to control your devices. Using gestures, you can swipe or tap your finger to control multiple devices. You could set sliding your finger to the left and right to control volume on the surround system and swiping up and down to control Play/Pause on the Blu-ray player. Double-tapping in the center could toggle Mute. It's up to you, and it's easy to set up.
UnityRemote includes a wide database of devices. Simply pick the manufacturer in the list and the type of device (e.g., TV, DVD player, DMA player, etc.), and let the software help you set it up. If the manufacturer of your device isn't in the list, UnityRemote can "learn" new devices by pointing your original remote at it.
What's in the Box
UnityRemote, three AA batteries, and user's manual (app is downloaded for free from the iTunes App Store).