As technology continues to advance, gadgets are increasingly becoming equipped with more wireless capabilities than ever. With the advent of ?the Internet of things,? our homes are becoming smarter with tons of automation and monitoring devices like smart home hubs (e.g. the Nest), smart lights, smart door locks, and all sort of smarts out there. Home theater systems are also capable of communicating with other devices as well. All these will definitely require their own remotes to control them from. Thankfully, app developers are determined not to give us consumers a hard time. With these iPhone remote control apps, managing our smart devices will be as easy as 1, 2, 3.
This iPhone remote control app is well-designed and runs in conjunction with a 5-ounce dongle that plugs to your iPhone?s 3.5 mm headphone jack. Having this feature means that the dongle will also works on Android and other mobile OS?s provided that a proper app is running in the background. Zmart can access more than 200,000 controls that support every device from major audio/video manufacturers. The app can enable the iPhone to control everything from television, desktop computer, room lighting, audio equipment, and lots more.
With one mouthful of a name, “Dijit Remote with Free TV Guide, Netflix Queue Management and Roku Wifi Control,” is an iPhone remote control app available from the App Store for free. It functions as a personal media assistant allowing users to create personalized program guides for their favorite channels, discover new TV shows, build custom-made layouts, and get recommendations from Facebook friends. With the help from the Griffin Beacon, which pairs with the iPhone via Bluetooth, all commands made on the Dijit app are translated into infrared (IR) signals allowing the iPhone to function as a universal remote. This Dijit-Beacon combo will enable the phone to control A/V receivers, DVD & Blu-Ray players, and even Xbox consoles.
Though not as polished as Zmart or Dijit, the iRule app does one job relatively better than the rest ? controlling audio and video equipments. This iPhone remote control app utilizes a combination of hardware and software techniques to control home devices. In contrast to Beacon, this app leverages the existing Wi-Fi network within the home to send commands. In other words, iRule can control any device that are Wi-Fi enabled such as A/V systems, thermostats, and lights.
RedEye can be considered as a direct competitor to the Dijit app. With RedEye running, the iPhone can communicate with all devices connected to Wi-Fi and send commands to them via an IR signal. However, this iPhone remote control app is more platform-tolerant and can also be used with the iTouch, iPad, PCs, Android devices, and even with Kindle Fire tablets. RedEye boasts of an online database composed of over 85,000 control codes covering various models from major device brands. This app also lets users to build their own profiles consisting of button layouts, custom menus, and more. These profiles can then be shared to family members or other people living in the same house.