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RedEye RE0002 Universal Remote Control System for iOS and PC - Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Capable of multi-zone control (with multiple units installed)
  • Supports many different controllers (PC, iPhone, iPad) - all at the same time
  • Free integrated channel guide
  • Extensive infrared code library
  • Infrared out: 3.5mm, 5V
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: ThinkFlood
  • Model Number: RE0002
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Item Display Weight: 4.4 Kilograms
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 1 year

Product Description

Product Description

RedEye connects to your home Wi-Fi network, allowing anyone in your house with a personal computer, iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to control your home theater. RedEye automatically synchronizes information across all these devices, so you can pick up right where the last person left off. Now in an updated design, RedEye includes an infrared out port so you can easily stow it in a cabinet and still control your TV.

From the Manufacturer

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

RedEye: control for the whole family

Featuring an integrated television channel guide
Use RedEye's integrated TV program guide to see what's on next and even change the channel automatically.

RedEye connects to your home Wi-Fi network, allowing anyone in your house with a PC, iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to control your home theater. RedEye automatically synchronizes information across all these devices, so you can pick up right where the last person left off. Now in an updated design, RedEye includes an infrared out port so you can easily stow it in a cabinet and still control your TV. RedEye is:

Personal

Each person in your house can use her own smartphone, tablet, or PC as a controller, and more than one controller can interact with your gear simultaneously.

Simple

One touch launches any activity -- watch TV, listen to music, play a video. And custom screen layouts for each activity mean you never have to hunt for the right button.

Smart

Multi-touch and motion gestures, free software updates, backup to and control from a PC, integrated TV program guide, all for a fraction of the price of professional systems.

How Does It Work?

Central Storage

After you install the RedEye app, your PC, smartphone or tablet can communicate with the RedEye dock over Wi-Fi. When you configure the system to reflect your home theater setup, your configuration is stored on the RedEye device. Then if you connect with a different phone your stored configuration automatically syncs to the new controller. In fact, when you switch activities using one controller you can see the change reflected on other controllers. You can even back up your configuration to a PC through RedEye's built-in homepage.

Wirelessly, on Your Network

Even though our computers and cell phones are on the Internet, most of our other electronics continue to work using older technology such as infrared remote controls. While infrared is reliable and affordable, it has limitations -- chief among them a relatively limited range and the inability to penetrate opaque objects like walls. RedEye uses infrared to communicate with your gear, but it communicates with your phone using Wi-Fi. In other words, RedEye maintains a line of sight to your equipment so that you don't have to. It also means that RedEye is essentially a "bridge" that can put your home theater online. Yes, you guessed it -- with RedEye you can even control your home theater when you are away from home.

Standard Internet Technology

RedEye is actually a small Linux server. It uses standard Internet technologies like TCP and HTTP, and sends around information in XML documents. Why do you care? Because it means that RedEye isn't just a remote control platform for your smartphone. In theory, any Internet-connected device can communicate with RedEye. We have already released software updates that enable you to control RedEye from any PC with a basic web browser, and our Android application is now in beta testing.

Software

Not just your iPhone - even your PC can be a controller
Configure and control RedEye from any PC with a web browser. You can even back up your configuration for safekeeping.

RedEye runs full screen on the iPad
RedEye fully supports tablets. On the iPad, you can preview a full hour of TV programming right alongside your activity buttons. View larger

Supports both landscape and portrait orientation

The RedEye app makes it easy to control any RedEye system on your network. Simply tap on the Rooms screen and select the RedEye room you want to control, and the app takes you immediately to the currently running activity for that room.

Multi-room capability

The RedEye app makes it easy to control any RedEye system on your network. Simply tap on the Rooms screen and select the RedEye room you want to control, and the app takes you immediately to the currently running activity for that room.

Multi-controller possibilities

We designed RedEye from the beginning to support multiple controllers. Configure the system on one phone and your configuration automatically syncs to any new phone, tablet, or PC that connects over the network. Pick up your phone to take a call, and anyone else in the room can open the application and pick up right where you left off -- everything from your devices and commands to the current activity update automatically and in real-time.

Control RedEye from your PC

Your RedEye runs a built-in web server so you can control your RedEye system from any PC with a web browser just as you do with your smartphone, with full access to all your activities, devices, and commands.

Integrated channel guide

The RedEye app includes a television channel guide covering cable, satellite, and over-the-air broadcasts in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland, with more countries coming soon. With the channel guide you no longer need to take up the space on your main screen while you decide what to watch next. It is also easy to filter the list based on your favorite channels so that you don't have to scroll through dozens of screens just to find what you want.

Online infrared code database

Sure, RedEye can learn commands from your existing remote controls, but who wants to do that? Our software is backed by an online database of 70,000 infrared codes covering over 1,600 device manufacturers, so there's a good chance we have what you need. And because the database is stored on a web server rather than on your phone or the RedEye hardware, you get updates to the database as soon as they are available -- no need to wait for the next software release.

Quick launch

You want to be able to pick up your remote control and use it right away. If your remote is an app on your phone, then it has to launch fast and put you in the driver's seat immediately. RedEye is optimized to launch quickly and to bring you right to the activity in progress. And now if you are using iOS 4 on a device that supports multi-tasking it's even faster than before.

Activity-based approach

We believe your home theater should be organized around what you do, not what hardware manufacturers produce. One touch to play a movie, touch again to watch TV -- no more trying to remember which audio and video inputs you need.

Smart actions

Many other remotes have "macro" capability (the option to have one button send two or more signals). RedEye goes beyond macros with smart actions that actually keep track of things like whether a device is on or off. Smart actions are particularly useful when switching activities -- when you transition from watching TV to playing a BluRay, RedEye is smart enough to leave the TV on.

Customizable button layouts

RedEye gives you a unique button layout for each activity you create, so the "remote" you use when listening to music is different from the one you use when watching TV. You can customize everything from button placement to size. We even have hundreds of channel logos built right into the application.

Activity templates

Customizable button layouts for each activity are great, but creating them from scratch can be a lot of work. When you create a new activity, RedEye starts you off with a well-designed template. And by template we don't mean a single, standard set of buttons. Instead, RedEye uses information like the activity type (Watch TV or Listen to Music?) and the devices you include in the activity (do you route your sound through an A/V receiver or your TV speakers?) to determine what buttons to include and how they should function.

Macro and toggle buttons

In addition to the usual tap or tap-and-hold functionality you expect, it is easy to make RedEye activity buttons perform more advanced functions. Macro buttons can send out multiple commands -- for example, a smart mute button that turns on closed captioning when turning off the volume. Toggle buttons can switch between different functions each time you press them, like the classic play/pause button on a CD or MP3 player.

Shortcuts

Touchscreens are great because they provide the ultimate flexibility -- custom layouts for each activity being one example. However, they can make it harder to tap the right button when you are channel surfing or otherwise need to be looking elsewhere. RedEye uses the full functionality of the iPhone -- multitouch and the accelerometer -- to overcome this limitation. Choose from any of five motion gestures or eighteen multi-touch gestures for any button in your activity layout. And if you are controlling RedEye from your PC, you can even assign buttons to keys on your computer -- using the arrow keys to adjust volume or the number keys to change channels.

Customizable delays

When executing a series of actions -- for example during the launch of an activity -- it is important to be able to fine-tune the delay between commands. RedEye allows you to insert delays of up to 20 seconds in 0.05 second increments.

Disabling the sleep timer

The built in sleep-timers in iOS and Android help you conserve battery, and so you want to leave them on in most cases. However, when you are sitting down within arm's reach of RedEye's charging cradle, you might prefer to keep the phone awake. A simple setting in the RedEye app allows you to disable the sleep timer while the application is running without disabling it for all applications.

Powerful scripting engine

RedEye includes a powerful scripting engine that allows deep customization of buttons and activities. The browser application even includes a sophisticated development environment that makes writing scripts as simple as point and click. This new engine is the basis for future upgrades that will allow control of devices using Internet Protocol, scheduled events, and layout controls that go beyond simple buttons.

Remote access

The RedEye application allows you to find a RedEye device by IP address. For the networking-inclined, this means that you can access your RedEye even when you are away from home through a VPN or port forwarding.

Full backup and restore

Have you invested some time in getting your RedEye configured just right? By accessing RedEye's homepage, you can backup your configuration to a PC for safekeeping. Home theater integrators often use this feature to store common devices and commands, which can then be "restored" onto a new unit to speed up the installation process.

URL-invocation of commands

For those into home automation, RedEye offers the ability to invoke infrared commands by loading a URL using HTTP-GET. By popular demand, we are currently working on some changes that will enable launching an activity by invoking a URL, as well.

Button feedback

Although jumping through channels by flicking your phone forward and back is surprisingly intuitive and fun, tapping on touchscreen buttons just isn't as natural as pressing hard buttons on your original remote. RedEye offers the option to play a satisfying click sound. If you are a bit more adventurous, you can even have your phone vibrate on each button press.

Full-screen tablet support

The RedEye app now runs full screen on both the iPad and Android tablets. On the iPad, RedEye works in both landscape and portrait orientations, and offers full support for multi-tasking. In landscape orientation, you can preview a full hour of TV programming information right alongside your current activity controls.

Complete Accessibility

For years Apple has been a leader in making computing technology accessible to people with diverse needs. RedEye now completely integrates Apple's accessibility framework to bring the power of control to more people.

Multi-lingual support

RedEye is available in dozens of countries, and our customers increasingly use RedEye in their native languages, with English, Spanish, German, and Italian today and more in the works.

Toolbar hiding

The iPhone screen is pretty big, but sometimes you want to get everything out of the way and focus on your remote control. RedEye gives you a few different options to remove clutter and take control.

Multitasking

RedEye fully supports iOS 4 multitasking, which means that you can get back to controlling your activities even faster than before.

Retina display support

RedEye now provides high resolution button images so that everything looks crisp and clear on your new iPhone 4.

What's in the Box

  • RedEye Wi-Fi to infrared bridge
  • Dock adapter inserts for iPhone, iPhone 3G/3GS, iPhone 4, and iPod touch (1st, 2nd and 3rd generations)
  • AC power adapter
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Important Product Information Guide

Supports virtually all home entertainment devices with infrared capabilities; 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi networks and WEP, WPA, WPA2 security protocols.


Product Information

Product Dimensions 4.9 x 3.8 x 3.4 inches
Item Weight 1 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.1 pounds
Manufacturer ThinkFlood, Inc
ASIN B004X5EP86
Item model number RE0002
Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #5,015 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Audio & Video Accessories > Remote Controls > TV Remote Controls
#15,664 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Television Accessories
#24,312 in Electronics > Televisions & Video
Date first available at Amazon.com May 18, 2011

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By Chris J. Cichocki on December 29, 2012
The concept for this is genius - execution is (almost) terminally flawed by the limited networking options. I did come up with a solution that's workable for me, but it's less than ideal.

Let me start by saying I'm a pretty tech-savvy guy. I have a fairly advanced network in my house - a business-class firewall, and separate "public" and "private" wireless networks. Configuring all that was no problem for me, but the RedEye just did't work in my environment.

Issue #1- I insist on "reasonable" wireless security. The RedEye will only connect to networks that use WPA or no security. WPA is not a good choice these days - the only thing worse is no security at all. Wireless routers have an option for "WPA2 Mixed", which allows devices to connect with the best security option they can. That SHOULD have allow my other dozen wireless devices to still use WPA2, and just negotiate down to WPA for the RedEye. But that did't work, so my only option would have been to bring the entire wireless network down to WPA only - not acceptable to me.

Issue #2- To expand the wireless coverage in my house, I use Wireless Access Points that connect to my firewall. Unfortunately, that was another problem I couldn't get past. I could see the RedEye was connecting to the network, and I could even use a web browser on my iPad to connect to the web admin console. But the RedEye app could not see the device, so connecting it to a Wireless Access Point doesn't seem to work either.

Issue #3- I conceded "full" network connectivity, so I thought I would try just using the ad-hoc, peer-to-peer wifi option to connect my iPad to the RedEye. While that worked, the RedEye app would take 30 seconds or more to find the device.
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I got this product about a year ago and I love it. I live in a small condo and it controls everything from my TV, BluRay player, cable box, 5.1 Receiver, Air Conditioner, Ceiling fan and even my lights (if you get IR switches & outlets). I love that I can program multiple actions with one push of a virtual button on a completely customizable layout. I also got one for my mom who doesn't quite know how to use multiple remotes for all her devices. Now, it is simple, easy and controlled from her smart phone. Now she can turn on her lights and TV before she walks in the door.

The companion app is constantly updated. Yes, sometimes there are issues and crashes, which are fixed VERY quickly. I can honestly say I've never had any major issues and I can't complain about minor inconveniences that are inherent in ANY product. This is a great little device and I haven't come across anything like this that does what is does with such ease of use. Once you learn how to program devices and multi-purpose buttons, you'll need this rather than hunt down all your old remotes.
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This is not your Grandmothers Harmony Remote. The Thinkflood Redeye product line is a advanced linux web server that allows you to send Infrared, IP and HTML commands from a single WiFi enabled device that is a little bit larger than a hockey puck.

Q: Can you program this device from a Apple iPhone, Apple Touch or Android device.
A: Yes. it is possible to program the controller using either the RedEye App or the web interface from a browser. NOTE: I would recommend that for a first time user. I prefer the web interface for doing remote layouts and testing and any minor changes or tweaks using the app.

Q: Do I have to manually program in every button on my remote?
A: No Thinkflood has a database of thousands of manufacturers IR codes that you can download to your device. Along with the download is a template of commonly used buttons that are automatically laid out for you.

Q: What if my device / IR code is not listed in the database of IR codes.
A: You can point your device remote at the controller and teach the controller very similarly to the way old universal remotes used to be programmed.

Q: How easy is it program macros (automated setups).
A: It is not difficult to program devices to turn on and switch to correct inputs at all, however you must be patient when you are programming the controller. You may have to tinker around with putting delays into your program sequence in order to let your TV / Projector or device to boot up and be ready to accept commands to change inputs or functions.

Q: What if I own a Bose Lifestyle (or similar) system.
A: Unfortunately Bose uses a proprietary radio frequency controller system. So implementation with a Bose system is currently not practical.
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I consider myself a advanced user when it comes to configuring LAN networks including WiFi. Working as professional engineer using PCs for past 25 years tough me that almost all issues can be resolved. Well, Redeye seems to be an exception.

The Redeye I purchased brand new from Amazon straight from the box cannot be configured as typical WiFi client. Because it has no interface other than WiFi, you wont be able to connect it to your PC and access using browser unless RedEye is already configured to work with your WiFi network. Typical chicken and egg issue.

Redeye uses so called "Ad-hoc" networking method which is supported by iOS but not by Android. So trying to configure Redeye from your Android Phone instead won't work either. Do not expect taking your RedEye from the box plug it in to your outlet, run the app and enjoy. It is not a case. Be prepared to spend time on trying to get a help that may never come.

The User's Manual installation step on PC is vague and lacks of important information which makes you going and browse the web for a solution. RedEye website brings two other methods in case first one did not work. First method is based on accessing RedEye using it's serial number when your PC has Apple Bonjour service installed. This method does not work either (Win 7 Pro 64-bit).

Finally, there is a application provided on manufacturer website which supposed to scan network for Redeye transmitter. And in fact it does. But once my RedEye was found, the application was not able to determine its description, hardware type, MAC address neither firmware version as it is shown on help page. Attempts to access RedEye using setup or Emergency options were unsuccessful.
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