Ever since Apple launched the App Store and the ability for developers to create applications for the iPhone, I thought about creating an application that would act as a remote for all your electronics such as TV, DVD, cable, etc… The problem is that I am not a developer and I don’t know anyone that could develop such an app, especially because the iPhone doesn’t have an IR (infrared) port…
Well it seems like my wish for a remote for iPhone has come true with UiRemote, an application developed by Canadian students.
With the help of this small accessory, you will be able to use your iPhone to control your TV, DVD, Cable box, Projectors, Digital Photo Frames, AC, Fans, & Backyard evil robots, whereever you go. Not only does it send out the remote control signals, you can easily teach it to learn any button on any standard Remote, or even a sequence of button clicks as a macro.
Take note, this is not some bulky infrared remote boxes that you have to connect using Wifi, and cannot be moved around. This standalone accessory, in its final prototype form, is only the size of a finger tip, and require nothing but your iPhone to control devices and learn new remote commands. We are going to make it even smaller after further adjustments. You can conveniently slip it into your pocket and take it to your friends/bars/meetings/work/etc. and impress them with this new thing you can do with your iPhone.
This is still a prototype at the time and these guys are obviously still tweaking it but they say they plan to release the actual Infrared Module and the Application in the next couple of months. Now that’s an app that I’m really looking for. Check out the video below and tell us what you think about it.