Use Your Android Smartphone as a Universal Remote

Use Your Android Smartphone as a Universal Remote

Nov 19, 2011

To all the geeks out there who was still craving to use their phone to remotely control their TV, this could be your lucky day. With the introduction of this device, you can now have complete control over your TV and to other home theater appliances as well. It was called Beacon universal remote system and was created by Griffin Technology Inc. and Dijit Media. The device is used in conjunction with software that can be downloaded from the Android Market for free. You can install this software on your smartphone or on your tablet of choice.

What the Beacon does is to accept commands from your Android device and transmit the processed signals to your home appliance. It acts like a ‘gateway’ between your smartphone and your electronic appliances. The connection between your phone and the Beacon is connected by Bluetooth technology. While the connection between your TV and the Beacon is connected via Infra-red signals. It can transmit signals to your TV, DVD/Blu-ray player, amplifier, stereos and set top box using IR signals. The only downside of the Beacon ‘duo’ is that the APK will require you to have your Android running on 2.3.3 or higher. Also you should buy the Beacon that is currently price at $69.99.

If you need to control multiple appliances at once using your Android phone, this Beacon duo is perfect for you. Using just your phone, there’s no need for multiple remote device to control each of your home appliances.

Griffin Technology – Beacon Universal Remote for Android Devices
is available at and on Griffin Technology website. It is powered by 4 AA batteries. After buying the Beacon remote system, don’t forget to install the Dijit app for Android on your tablet or smartphone.

You can check this post if you want to try using your Android device to control your Samsung SMART TV. Though some people have failed using the APK, there’s no really harm in trying this one.

To see the Beacon for Android in action see the video below.

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