has grown into something far more robust than just a smartphone. Thanks to the blossoming App Store, nearly anything is possible with it now. Using it as a remote control has been a concept embraced since the early days of the app store, even by Apple themselves. But to really control an entire home cinema setup, you need external hardware that can handle Infrared. Surc is that hardware.
The company's newly announced case, which will be compatible with the iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4, has an embedded IR sensor in it. Once the case is on your iPhone, and you have the Surc app downloaded, you can use the screen to control your DVD player, TV, stereo, etc. Any home component that response to IR inputs can be programmed for use with this device.
Users can also control what they watch on their television through the Surc built-in TV Program Guide. Surc is accepting orders for delivery in the first quarter of 2011 www.getsurc.com, with pricing set at $69.95.
Mashed Pixel Unveils Surc© at CES
The Universal Learning Remote Control That Enables Users to Control Infrared-Enabled Devices Anytime, Anywhere
2011 International CES
LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CES (Booth #4037) – Mashed Pixel today announced the launch of, Surc©, a patent-pending easy-to-use universal learning remote control (URC) that provides users with anywhere, anytime control over InfraRed (IR)-enabled electronic devices and appliances.
“Surc addresses the growing consumer demand for smart devices that fit their needs for more interactivity and connectivity within the connected home and while they are on the go”
Launching at CES 2011, Surc combines in a sleek case a revolutionary IR-connector and a free companion mobile app (downloadable from iTunes App Store) that turn any iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G into a true URC with excellent working range and built-in Micro USB connection for easy charging and synching without having to remove the case.
Highly customizable, Surc lets users personalize their remote control from the buttons to the layout, look and feel, and create their own mobile lifestyle experience. Additionally, Surc can learn the codes from virtually any of the users’ IR-remote controls and store them or download them from its extensive database, which removes the need for the users to pair many of their remotes. Users can also control what they watch on their television through the Surc built-in TV Program Guide.
“Surc addresses the growing consumer demand for smart devices that fit their needs for more interactivity and connectivity within the connected home and while they are on the go,” said Daphna Kalman, President and CEO of Mashed Pixel. “We designed Surc to be a centralized, personalized gateway that allows quality interaction between multiple content delivery platforms and the users, while simplifying their daily mobile lifestyle experience.”
Surc’s other key features include:
* InfraRed Communication – No WiFi or multiple receivers are required. Users can control most IR-connected devices and appliances, regardless of their location.
* Apple Compatibility – Surc uses the latest Apple-approved chip technology. As part of the Apple Made for iPod/iPhone program, Surc is compatible with iPhone 4, 3GS and 3G - soon compatible with iPad and iPod Touch 3rd generation.
* 20 Grams of Sleek Design – Surc’s sleek, light case allows users to hold the device naturally in their hand. It also includes a Micro USB cable so users don’t have to remove it to charge and sync their iPhone.
* Join the Surc Community – Users can join Getsurc.com to be part of the online Surc community, where they will be able to improve their user experience by sharing their tips and expertise and get help from other users. They can also share, search and import customized remotes from other Surc users and are encouraged to provide feedback and suggest ideas that would help improve Surc.
Surc is accepting orders for delivery in the first quarter of 2011 www.getsurc.com. MSRP for Surc will be $69.95 USD.