Fumbling around for the missing remote is one of life’s greatest irritants. And with an increasing number of remote controlled devices in the house, hardcore couch potatoes face frustrating times.
Thankfully the one device that never leaves your side is your beloved iPhone/iPod Touch (bog off if you haven’t got one), and that’s where the iPhone Universal Remote comes in.
Designed to put an end to multiple remote misery, this ingenious infra-red-emitting protective case works in conjunction with a free app to transform your iPhone/iPod Touch into an all-in-one remote for virtually any IR device in the house, from the TV and home cinema to the Sky box and stereo. Waddya think of them apples!
Simple to set up, the Universal’s IR blaster is hidden within its sleek contours. Simply slip in your device, download the app, follow the on-screen directions (by pointing at existing remotes and pressing the appropriate buttons) and before you can say ‘it was down the side of the sofa’ your iPhone’s screen will resemble a regular remote, easy to read with all the ‘buttons’ you know and love.
Whether you’re flipping between Dave and Bravo, silencing Moyles of a morning or Sky+ing Deadliest Warrior, this ingenious zapper is just the ticket. Plus you can hide existing remotes, rendering iPhone-less flatmates helpless. Haha!
Works in conjunction with a free app
Just to hammer the final nail in the coffin of regular remotes, the Universal is also futureproof, receiving enhancements and updates as and when. Give it a couple of years and you’ll be using it to mute your robot wife’s nag-ometer and perform keyhole surgery on your spaceship’s hyperdrive.
If you’ve got an iPhone or iPod Touch and a TV (and who hasn’t?) the Universal Remote is most definitely for you. Better still it finally justifies fiddling with your phone or iPod whist watching the telly. Flippin’ brill!
iPhone version compatible with the iPhone® 3GS/3G
iPod Touch version compatible with iPod Touch 2G only
Accessory requires free app
Control infrared (IR) devices with your iPhone or iPod Touch
Control multiple devices from one screen
Free app is easy to customise with point-and-tap programming
No additional hardware, dongles, or docks are required
Slim, smooth, two-piece hard case protects phone and looks great
Built-in IR transmitter is portable and detachable
Bah this looked like an ideal present for my brother but doesn't support new iPhone :(. Steven - 16th January 2012
Firebox says: Sorry about that Steven.
Does this mean If I walk down the road and pass a TV store I can change the TV's in the shop window :P? XD. Kathleen - 9th November 2011
Firebox says: Haha Kathleen, If you really wanted to you could, however you do need to change the settings from TV to TV
Will this ever be available for the iPhone 4S? Dickie - 23rd October 2011
Firebox says: We're checking this out with the supplier. All we can say is check back soon!
Does it work with a grundig TV. David - 6th April 2011
Firebox says: Sure does David.
Hi - great concept, do you have to remove the casing to charge the device? Alan Watts - 17th February 2011
Firebox says: Yes
Hi, does this use the UMEE app or Redeye app? The reason I ask this is that somewhere else have the same item for sale and they say that theirs isn't compatible with any iPod Touch, but yours is and they both look like the same device on the boxes in the pictures. Will there be an update of this item to work with the new iPod Touch 4gen? Or can you recommend one that works with it?, Thanks in advance. Tim - 24th January 2011
Firebox says: This uses the Universal app that comes with it. We have 2 versions - 1 for the iPhone and 1 for the iPod Touch. The iPod Touch version is only compatible with the 2G version. However this product uses RedEye and is compatible with iPod Touch 4g: http://www.firebox.com/product/2969/RedEye-Mini-Universal-Remote-for-iPhone-and-iPad?via=ser