Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. A gadgets walks into a living room and promises to connect your iPad to your home theater gear utilizing a small box that translates WiFi signals into infrared commands. Sound familiar? If it does, that’s because we’ve seen this gadget before, more specifically the Red Eye.
Today, Logitech announced the Harmony Link. It’s effectively the same product as the Red Eye, but appears to come in a neater, sleeker package. It’s a small hockey puck sized device that faces your home theater gear, including your TV and receiver, and transmits infrared commands sent from the iPad through your home’s WiFi network.
An accompanying app, which includes programming info from Rovio, allows you to setup macro commands, such as turn on the TV and the Blu-ray in one stroke, as well as increase the volume of your speakers with the swipe of a finger or flip between channels. For equipment that is hidden from view, Logitech will include an IR blaster that extends its reach behind closed doors presumambly using a wired connection.
We can only assume that the Harmony Link works better than Thinkflood’s Red Eye remote. During our testing of that product we discovered that the lag between box and router was just too painstaking to deal with, especially when it came to incessant channel flipping. So it should be interesting to see if Logitech has already addressed this concern.
However, we’re still skeptical as to whether or not the iPad or iPhone, which is also compatible with the Harmony Link, will ever become the home theater remote. We’ve seen a variety of comparable devices in the last 18 months that plug into the headphone port of the iOS devices, so safe to say the market is pretty saturated. Furthermore, unlike the aformentioned products, which take little to no setup thanks to their plug and play nature, the Harmony Link takes a tad more tech know-how in the setup up department.
The Logitech Harmony Link will be available this October for $99.99.