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NewKinetix Rē: Yet Another iPhone Infrared Dongle

Rē NewKinetix IR Dongle

You can use the best universal remote app to control your TV etc, or you can check out this cool gadget below. Here we go: yet another IR dongle for the iPhone.  It comes from a company called NewKinetix and the dongle is called Rē.  Plug it into your iPhone (or iPod Touch) download their accompanying app and yes, you can control your infrared gear with your iPhone.  Can you hear the excitement in my voice?  The Rē is not only learning capable, but comes packed with They’ve chosen to forgo any sort of learning capability in favor of a database of preprogrammed commands which they say contains “nearly all AV entertainment and home automation devices”.

If you’re so inclined you can score one via Amazon for $70.

Update: NewKinetix reached out and sent us a feature list as seen below, in addition to correcting the remote’s learning capabilities, which are very much part of the feature set. They were a bit put off about my lack of excitement, but honestly, this is like the 50th iPhone infrared remote we’ve seen in the last 30 days.

  • iPod and iPod touch compatibility
  • Complete portability: at home, office or travel
  • Unlimited Rooms to organize your setups
  • Upgradable Integrated IR database
  • Device Remotes to backup the originals
  • Activity Remotes to control multiple devices
  • Unlimited Macros for button sequence playback
  • Learn functions or remotes not in the database
  • Unlimited Favorites Lists for each Activity
  • Fully customizable remote screen layout

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3 Comments to NewKinetix Rē: Yet Another iPhone Infrared Dongle

  1. Wilfred

    I have both the Re and the i-got-it for comparison. The i-got-it has a large database like the Re, but lacks the advanced features. The i-got-it will give you a limited function replacement remote for each device but little more. For the same price, the Re gives you many more functions per remote, Activity based meta-remotes, favorites lists, and fully customizable remote layouts. Also the Re is organized by room, so you have all of the remotes for that room handy, and don’t have the others in the way like on the i-got-it. Check a Re Review at: http://svenontech.com/reviews/?p=137 or http://www.chipchick.com/2010/03/re-iphone-remote-control-review-.html

  2. WBB

    The Re does support learning. Learning is just typically not required because most devices will be automatically setup from the database.

    You seem to imply because there have been several Universal Remote apps and accessories, that they are all equivalent. If you download the app and compare or compare features from the various products announced, you will find that isn’t true.

    The Re is the 1st iPhone Universal Remote Control app that rivals a high-end traditional remote. The other entries lack one or more critical features found in the Re. They are either learning only, without a database, or are only simplistic device remote replacements. None other than the Re offer activity based use, like “Watch TV” or “Watch DVD” and Favorites lists. Go to the Re website at http://www.newkinetix.com to learn about the Re Universal Remote Control in depth.

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