Griffin Beacon lightens the load on your remote controls

Griffin Beacon remote control device and app, with iPhone

If your house is anything like mine, then remote controls outnumber household inhabitants. If this is you, and they go missing all the time, or it’s an exercise in logistics that you’ve selected the right remote control for the right device, then the new Griffin Beacon might be your saviour.

What the Griffin Beacon does is act as a traffic cop between the Bluetooth capabilities of your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch – all the iOS devices – or Android device, and remote control capabilities of your TV, Blu-ray player, PlayStation 3, DVD player, and so on, and so on. All up, the Beacon, in combination with the free Dijit Universal Remote App, is compatible with more than 200,000 devices. And voila, instant universal remote control.

In the US the Dijit app brings more to the party than simply being an amazingly multi-digitally-lingual remote, it also allows you to:

  • to search for TV shows: browse by time/date, search, discover new shows, and watch with just a tap using the guide
  • access rich TV show listings: access episode details, upcoming schedules, and cast & crew info

The Griffin Beacon has an RRP of US$69.99, though at the time of writing it is selling for a little over US$40 at Amazon. That’s either the Griffin Beacon for iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad, or the Griffin Beacon for Android.

Griffin Beacon lifestyle shot, with iPhone and TV

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