Originally Posted by Kalani
For me, the whole attraction of the RedEye is the fact that I DON'T have to have some dongle hanging off my phone. I suppose that works if you have a iPod Touch that lives in the vicinity, but for a phone that lives on my person, I don't want to have to plug the thingie into the phone everytime I flop down on the sofa for some TV, and then detach it when I leave the room (or walk out the front door).
I actually have my old (original gen.) iPhone which I use as a dedicated HT remote, so I have no objection there. I also have components in different rooms, so this would save me $188 for an extra RedEye gizmo for the bedroom. Also my living room components are somewhat widely spaced -- I have concerns about pointing a fixed IR transmitter. Set up should in theory be much easier, and it won't stop working if a neighbor steps on your WiFi signal. No extra WAF inducing device/power cord.
My main worry is vaporitis. After all UI Remote
was supposed to be the same thing, it was supposedly quite far along, heck, the NY Times had a big article about it, and then -- crickets. What do we have with the Rē™ Remote Control -- a website with a CES announcement. No dates, no price, no list of components, no beta program. I sure hope it materializes.
P.S. I scrolled through the UI Remote comments and there is an anonymous comment claiming the UI Remote guys were bought out by Logitech (who saw it as a threat to their business) and signed a NDA, thus the complete radio silence. Take that with two truckfulls of salt, but it actually makes a little bit of sense.
EDIT: FYI the person behind Rē™ Remote Control is Barry Baril, they are based in Oregon. Here is their press release.
When exactly is CES?