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Universal remotes are cool, but if the complexities (or price) of something like Logitech's mind-blowing Harmony 900 super remote are more likely to induce a panic attack than a stream of drool, the $49 RedEye Mini made for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad might be a more ideal match for you.
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The RedEye Mini boils down the essential hardware components of a universal remote control into an inch-long plastic tube that fits in the headphone jack of your iPhone, iPod, or iPad.
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Remote navigation features such as buttons, channel guide, device selection, and even macros, are all left to a free RedEye app.
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To prevent you from losing the small headphone adapter, the RedEye Mini includes a keychain carrying case.
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The free RedEye app works with the RedEye Mini and the larger, previous version of the RedEye hardware.
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The app's main setup screen offers tons of tweaks for customizing the experience. Also, be sure to crank the volume, because the adapter pulls its power from the internal headphone amp.
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The RedEye app allows you to create individual presets for different rooms, activities, and devices. Here, we're going through the process of adding a device we want to control with the app.
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After giving the RedEye app a rough idea of what type of device you want to control, it will attempt to provide a short list of possible solutions.
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You can click through the provided options until you find one that works properly, which is made evident when the device switches on or off. Once you've confirmed that the controls work, the RedEye app downloads all of the necessary code for every aspect of control.
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For most TVs the RedEye app provides a standard layout of virtual buttons, such as number pads, volume control, and mute. Additional controls can be added or deleted as needed, and options for button feedback are available.
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Upon launching the RedEye app, users are prompted to select from a list of rooms they've set up ahead of time, and then offered a list of activities specific to the room. Quick links to rooms, activities, commands, and devices are available across the bottom of the screen.
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