We regret to say that yesterday we over looked Satechi’s Bluetooth remote control.  After all, it’s just your standard remote control.  Wrongzo…sort of.

Okay, so you’ve got us.  Yes, it’s a remote and that is its core functionality.  But looking a bit closer you’ll notice that it’s not just your standard remote.  Instead of using IR, the BT Media Remote connects to devices using Bluetooth, which is to it’s targeted largely, if not exclusively at iOS devices.  That’s right you can control your iPhone’s tracks, volume and even enter chapters or track numbers from afar thanks to the hidden keypad hidden behind the sliding faceplate.  But that’s not all.  It even includes a “home” button, meaning you can activate Siri from afar.

From a utility standpoint the BT Media Remote can be used to control movie playback when you’re using your iPhone or iPad connected to your big screen using a component connection.  It is also suitable for the car, which might mean the difference between a ticket for “texting” on your iPhone or not.

Satechi’s BT Media Remote is available now for $40.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."