Funai Shows Off Android-based Universal Remote Control

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The Android mobile platform has certainly been getting its fair share of attention lately. In addition to the many Android smartphones that were demoed at CES, there were also other Android-based devices to be seen. Take Funai Electric Co's universal remote control, for instance. Based on Android, the I-Remote was first demoed at CES this year.

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.


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rapid1 replied on Fri, Jan 15 2010 11:49 PM

Wow they seem to be able to adapt android to just about anything.

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gibbersome replied on Sat, Jan 16 2010 12:25 AM

Wouldn't it be cooler if your phone could be used as a universal remote control?!

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ClemSnide replied on Sat, Jan 16 2010 8:34 AM

There were a lot of remote control apps for the Newton, back in the day-- it took the MP120 for a powerful enough IR signal, though.

Concerning this device, though-- yes, it's cool, but it's a $300 remote control. I'm certain that there are people who are willing to plunk down that much, but are they enough to make it a viable product?


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3vi1 replied on Sat, Jan 16 2010 9:17 AM

It's Linux - it will adapt to anything depending on which modules you compile into the kernel.

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rapid1 replied on Sat, Jan 16 2010 11:26 PM

Yeah I know it's Linux but thought it was a specialized "not 100% open source" build guess I was wrong.

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3vi1 replied on Sun, Jan 17 2010 11:20 AM

By "Linux", I'm only referring to the kernel. A full open-source distro would be properly called GNU/Linux, but Android has their own user-space implementation in place of GNU. It's not necessary for them to open-source the non-kernel components.

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rapid1 replied on Sun, Jan 17 2010 12:41 PM

Yeah; that's true 3vi1. I personally appreciate the amount of blanketing that Microsoft has basically given to the market in a general way. Linux on the other hand is in many cases as well as ways (application wise and in general) a more competent OS. The recent versions of it "especially Ubuntu" also give a much more general consumer and automatic use patern much like Windows does. I know iit is nowhere close but it is just much easier for tom *** and harry to use without the difficulties of using Linux in the past.

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ashley replied on Mon, Mar 1 2010 1:38 PM

Android based remote sounds like a great idea and definitely a good buy for $300. I recently bought a Universal remote:http://www.abt.com/product/33965/Logitech-915000035.html and it works great for me for now.

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