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IR 2.0 turns your phone into a universal TV remote

We feel for TV remote controllers, you know. Apart from being one of the most misplaced house implements, it is one of those that take so much beating. How many times have you dropped your TV remote on the concrete floor? “A lot,” was our answer. Because of those drops, malfunctioning and totally destroyed TV remotes abound, leaving you without the ability to change channels from your couch – such a stressful thought! Well, not anymore. Welcome, the “IR 2.0” app.

AnyMote turns Android smartphones into universal remotes

Most of us have our smartphones with us everywhere, including on the couch. The fact that your smartphone is always nearby makes the device a convenient item to be turned into a universal remote control for your TV. A new product called AnyMote is designed to turn your Android smartphone or other devices into a next generation universal remote.

iRBeacon makes controlling home devices easier and smarter

Multiple remote controls at an average house is pretty common nowadays, and so is the pain and frustration of using them and misplacing them. A new crowd-funding product called iRBeacon wants to put an end to your agony and bring a universal remote that is smarter and more adjustable as it uses infrared, Bluetooth and your smartphone to make it easier to control your electronics at home.

LG announces Optimus Vu II with Infrared universal remote features

LG's overly sized 5-inch Optimus Vu phablet still is barely available outside of South Korea, but today they've already announced a second model coming soon. It will simply be called the Optimus Vu II and we don't have much regarding specs although they've made certain we know of its universal remote features and new infrared blaster similar to some Samsung tablets.

Sony “Dot Switch” video teases universal remote control app

Sony Japan has recently released a teaser video showing what they are calling "Dot Switch". The video is just a simple tease and shows us what appears to be some sort of home automation application or universal remote control. It is weird, and a little confusing so hopefully we'll learn more before the unveiling in February.