Logitech Harmony Link – Remote Control for iOS and Android Devices

Submitted by lalit on September 20, 2011 - 5:24pm.

Logitech today introduced Harmony Link, a small device designed to fit in next to your TV and media electronics and communicate over Wi-Fi with the free Logitech Harmony Link App for iPad. After setup, the Logitech Harmony Link and the Logitech Harmony Link App work together to let iPad users browse a personalized schedule of their favorite shows, channels and genres to find something good to watch and – with one touch – turn on all the right devices and tune to the right channel.

“Logitech Harmony Link extends our vision of removing barriers between people and their entertainment by replacing the clutter and confusion of multiple remotes and different program guides with a single intuitive touch interface,” said Ashish Arora, vice president and general manager of Logitech’s Digital Home Group. “Our research revealed that many iPad owners are using their iPad on the sofa while watching TV, many of them seeking ways to find out what shows are on. We set out to make this experience easier. Using Logitech Harmony Link and the Harmony Link App, iPad users can browse for what is on television, and with one touch of “watch now” icon next to the show of their choice, they can automatically turn on their TV and other electronics, and tune directly to the show they want to watch.”

The Logitech Harmony Link connects to your existing home wireless network to receive Wi-Fi signals from the Harmony Link App and turns them into IR commands that home-entertainment devices can understand. Harmony Link can control up to eight devices, and it includes an IR mini-blaster accessory so you can control entertainment devices both inside and outside of a closed entertainment cabinet.

The Link uses Logitech’s Harmony technology offering activity- and device- based control like the Logitech Harmony Advanced Universal Remotes. Just select what you want to do, such as “Watch a Movie” or “Listen to Music,” and Harmony Link automatically switches your devices to the right settings. Logitech has teamed with Rovi Corporation to provide program information behind its Harmony Link App.

Along with the iPad, Logitech Harmony Link also works with the iPhone or iPod touch as well as with Android smartphones. Initially, smartphones will not receive personalized program guides from the downloadable App, which is presently available only on the iPad app.

The Logitech Harmony Link is expected to be available in the U.S. in October for a suggested retail price of $99.99. The Harmony Link App for iOS tablets and smartphones and the Harmony Link App for Android smartphones are expected to be available as free downloads in October from the iTunes App Store and Android Market, respectively.

Check out the introductory video and Hands-on video of Harmony Link below.