Funai Shows Off Android-based Universal Remote Control
This multifunctional multimedia device runs on Android 1.5. It features a 7-inch touch-sensitive screen. After you select the name of a TV manufacturer on the menu screen, you'll see an operation panel for the TVs that are made by that manufacturer.
The I-Remote has a Wi-Fi module that provides access to the Internet. Thanks in part to its large display, the remote can also be used as a digital photo frame that shows pictures and movies stored on an SD card.
The remote can also be used as a DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) client for a home network to play movie clips stored on a networked PC on a TV. In the future, Funai is considering adding a video-conference function based on Skype.
Funai plans to release the I-Remote sometime this year for less than $300.