updated 05:30 pm EDT, Thu July 17, 2003
Intrigue Technologies is showcasing Mac support for its Harmony Remote Control, its internet powered universal remote control. It offers control of all of your home entertainment components with a single button and also offers free TV listings on its LCD screen. The remote ships with a new activity-based paradigm for controlling devices: "All other universal remote controls offer device-by-device control, whereas the Harmony Remote provides activity-based control. All you need to do is select an activity on the LCD screen such as 'Watch Television' or 'Play a Video' and the Harmony Remote sends all the commands to your entertainment devices to set them up perfectly for that activity."
The Harmony Remote offers control of devices such as the TVs, VCRs, DVDs, lighting control units, satellite receivers, CDs, radios, and MP3 players and offers storage of TV listings for up to 14 days. The USB-based device uses the Internet to allow users to configure and update the remote's memory and stores the preferences online in the user's account for future reference. It also offers an IR sensor to learn commands from remotes not listed in the online database. It also offers context sensitive help for users.
The ($200) offers a simpler, large button layout, glow-in-the-dark buttons, and a 1MB of flash memory. It runs on 4 AAA batteries (included).