logitech hub iphone

I received a Logitech Harmony remote for Christmas last year, and it’s been by far my most frequently used gift. It’s completely replaced 5 of my living room remotes, it’s easy to run, and it took me less than 15 minutes to set it up using my computer.

This being said, you can imagine how excited I was when Logitech announced last night that it would be bringing its Harmony line to iOS (and Android) via the Ultimate Hub. The accessory, it says, will turn your smartphone into an all-in-one remote…

Here’s an excerpt from Logitech’s press release (via The Next Web):

“Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) today announced the expansion of its universal remote control lineup with the Logitech® Harmony Ultimate Hub, an appcessory for consolidating all of your remote controls into one simple smartphone app, giving you personalized control of up to eight devices from anywhere in the house, using the smartphone you already own.”

Logitech has previously offered the Hub as part of its Ultimate and Harmony Smart Control products, but it aims to start selling it as a standalone product for customers who’d prefer to use their smartphone alongside the free Harmony smart app.

The app will communicate with the Hub, which will turn your commands into IR and RF signals to then talk to your corresponding devices. And since it supports Activities, you’ll be able to set it up to have a single button press execute multiple commands.

Logitech says that it plans to start offering the standalone Hub in both the United States and Europe in August of this year, for a suggested retail price of $99.99. That may seem like a lot, but it’s fairly standard for a high-end, 8 device universal remote.

Thoughts?

  • Zorvage

    Awesome 🙂

  • What’s the advantage of this over a $50 IR attachment for iPhones?

    • sselemit

      You dont have to attach the “attachment”.

      • So not worth the additional $50; on top of that you’re expanding on your electricity bill, just to avoid using a 5g attachment…disadvantages far out weigh the advantages in this case.

      • sselemit

        Obviously, many people, including myself, find the attachment is a hassle. I have used one and it was frustrating. Here are few reasons:

        1) misplace – The dongle is small, easily forget once you removed it, especially when children are around.
        2) Case – won’t properly fit thick case, even slim one.
        3) Software – utterly crap comparing to Logitech’s vast library of devices.

    • Mykel Monroe

      Well say you have a family and most of them have smartphones it would make things alot easier if everyone just had the app and paired it. With an attachment only the device with said attachment would be able to control anything.

  • James

    Hmmm advantage… Perhaps not having an ugly $50 piece of crap hanging from my phone!!!

    • …at the cost of having an “ugly” $100 “piece of crap” sitting in front of your TV and expanding on your bill.

    • Guest

      …at the cost of having an “ugly” $100 “piece of crap” sitting in front of your TV and expanding on your bill!!!

  • John Pruitt – JP

    Works with their previous Harmony Link system too, as essentially an updated replacement app. I’ve been using the previous app and loved it.
    Definitely give it a try. Great and convenient, but I still find hat for visitors a handy standalone remote is nice too.

  • Steroc

    Why limit it to 8 devices? I’m using Roomie app with an iTach IP to IR converter and it has capabilities for unlimited devices and can be set up in app (no PC required)

  • Bob

    Where do I put the black hub thing though? On my head?

  • Boogieman

    Why not for WP8? (have the Lumia 920 and love it)
    iPhone sucks (have the 5) and Android is buggy and laggy (have the S2) 🙁