Originally Posted by TimmyH
I like the idea/execution of the Roomie (and TouchSquid) remote apps, but not sure if I would like the "pad" element (eyes off screen, 2 hand operation), wondering if this is an issue for any users (or if considered a hassle, the benefits outweigh; or with use you get used to it).
Well, here's crazy idea I've been thinking about.
This is really only an issue for navigation controls - up, down, left, right cursor buttons. To a lesser extent for playback controls. (rewind, fast forward).
Why not integrate a real IR remote control? An Apple Remote would be ideal: it's small, attractive, and only has the required buttons.
This can be done using Global Cache' products, though it's awkward. You need a GC-RG1 (sensor), GC-IRE (IR signal to serial adapter) and IP2SL (serial to TCP/IP) or WF2SL (serial to WiFi).
But it would be great if Roomie could read the IP2SL and use the cursor commands to control the device in use.
I've thought of a way to kludge this using my Universal Devices isy99. I'd have to upgrade it to IR input. I'd also have to run a cable from the living room to my office where the isy99 is, but I do have spare CAT6 and could use a pair from that.
The idea with the isy99 is to set it up to send commands to an iTach when it receives IR commands. Actually, the commands would activate programs on the isy99. Roomie could then use the isy99's REST interface to activate programs to tell the isy99 which device is currently being used, so that it can send the right IR commands for that device. So it could all be done with the current version of Roomie.
I think the GC-RG1/GC-IRE/IP2SL combo is the best way to go in the general case, though.