Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES -

Spend­ing huge sums of money on a univer­sal re­mote con­trol might not be a great idea, es­pe­cially when you own a smart­phone. There are plenty of ap­pli­ca­tions avail­able for dif­fer­ent oper­at­ing sys­tems that can turn the smart­phone into a univer­sal re­mote. How­ever, that in­volves buy­ing a small (and not so ex­pen­sive) ac­ces­sory to be paired with the app. Tech­ni­cally, most AV de­vices still use re­mote con­trols that work on in­frared light. As smart­phones don’t have IR emit­ters, one has to in­stall an ad­di­tional IR don­gle. For in­stance, there is a spe­cial Tata Sky Mo­bile ac­cess app avail­able for iOS and An­droid smart­phones that turns the phone into a univer­sal re­mote con­trol for Tata Sky, DVD, TV and am­pli­fier. But it re­quires an MP3 mo­bile ac­ces­sory (` 350) to be con­nected to the phone’s 3.5 mm jack. Di­jit Univer­sal Re­mote for iOS needs to be paired with Grif­fin Tech­nol­ogy’s Bea­con. Re app, Red­Eye and Peel Univer­sal Re­mote are some of the other re­mote op­tions. Search for univer­sal re­mote apps in iOS App Store and Google Play Store for more such op­tions.

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