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New remote has a big touchscreen in the middle

Logitech's line of Harmony universal remote controls are some of the most popular universal remotes out there. The Harmony line is notable for being easy to program rather than having to type in long numerical codes for devices. Logitech has announced a new addition to its Harmony line of universal remote controls, and this is the first new remote to be launched in the series in a long time. 
 
The remote is called the Logitech Harmony Touch and adds an interesting touchscreen to the middle of the remote that looks quite similar to the Harmony One's screen. The main difference in looks between the new Harmony Touch and the Harmony One is the placement of the Touch's 2.4-inch color display.
 
That color display is designed to show users various buttons and icons. One of the more interesting uses for the screen is to show icons for your favorite channels allowing you to go to those channels with a single tap. The remote control also supports the activities macros that the Harmony line is famous for.
 
The Activities macros allow you to set up single button presses that will change inputs and turn on specific components for different things such as playing video games or watching movies. All the buttons on the remote control are backlit to make them easy to find and use in the dark. The remote can also be used to initiate Skype video phone calls if your TV is equipped with the Logitech TV Cam HD.

The Logitech Harmony Touch will ship this month at a retail price of $249.99. 

Source: Logitech



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RE: The price... $249.99 ???
By n0b0dykn0ws on 10/3/2012 3:20:54 PM , Rating: 3
You're barely paying for the remote, and in this case the touchscreen.

In the case of Harmony Remotes you are paying to have access to a database of codes for devices.

On another note I wouldn't want a tablet or smartphone to be 'locked' to one room so that the occupants can control all the AV devices. Could you imagine that argument between siblings? "Tommy, I want to use the Nexus 7 to change the channel." "Not right now Suzie! I'm in the middle of a game!"


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