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- Daydream - 2011-04-07 05:20
kortina Wrote:Daydream, I am not against the remote performing crazy macro's, This should be a programmable option.
We're in agreement, I've done that already. First went the DVD player, than the 400 Disc Sony DVD player, than the Blu-Ray player, then the Tivo. There's a 16TB array holding the magic now. My macros are aimed more at what you'd call appliances not necessarily AV electronics, hence my Z-Wave question.
Anyways the problem I think it's a bit different then backlit/macros/stand/aerodynamic shape, whatnot. The moment it was said it's an XBMC remote, made purposely to work with XBMC (and any of its particular commands/controls) everybody went "Hooooray!". But when it was hinted that the remote is IR and RF and who knows what else, everybody went crazy (in the most friendly, constructive way). Because there is no perfect Remote yet (like the manufacturers are blind) and the ones getting close to being very good are really expensive.
So now is "can we have the long-waited universal remote control that is really universal -> can it start my 2011 car too, be $60 and be an XBMC remote at the same time?" That's a different thing. As Malard have to do this as a business not on enthusiasm alone, he needs to filter through what's doable now, what's doable later and what's doable when the world ends .
- jalyst - 2011-04-07 05:46
@Malard, few minutes to clear this up?
- d'Wooluf - 2011-04-07 06:54
Malard Wrote:I am working on a skin designed for the remote, as such things like the Red Green Yellow Blue buttons will get used as soft-keys to access various sub functions.
To me, the most interesting part of the whole thread. I've thought for a while that something like this is exactly what xbmc needs.
When I went shopping for remotes a year or two ago, I found some simple mce remotes (and build quality not the best) that were more expensive than this. I don't think the price is unreasonable.
- jalyst - 2011-04-07 08:16
price is fine, dunno why people are bitching about that, specially if it's a decent UR.
- harryzimm - 2011-04-07 11:47
This remote looks excellent but i have to agree with others that a having a back light is very important. I'm not sure about the glow in the dark buttons. Can anybody comment on how effective they are?
- Malard - 2011-04-07 12:05
ZERO <ibis> Wrote:The one thing that I worry about is indication of which device your controlling. Most tv remotes have an led that tells you which mode it is in so that you know what device your supposed to be talking to. Really the only things I care to have control over are the following and I think this is normal for most anyone:
Back lit wont likely be in this version, it would push the release date back too much. The top left key illuminates if your in TV mode, by default its unlit and in XBMC mode
- Malard - 2011-04-07 12:07
Its an 8 way d-pad, but it moves quite smoothly, so it 'fills in the gaps between, depending on the pressure applied to any of the directional keys'
Its hard to explain, but you can use it like a normal mouse but you have to push down hard on it to move it around, rather than just be touch sensitive like you would have on a laptop f.ex
- tyers - 2011-04-07 12:18
Malard Wrote:The top left key illuminates if your in TV mode, by default its unlit and in XBMC mode
Does this mean that the remote will only control 2 devices max (XBMC / TV)? It would be awesome if this could replace all remotes (TV / PVR / AMP)!
Don't get me wrong this is not a deal breaker, but it would make it have a higher WAF if only 1 remote could control everything.
ps. Lack of Backlight / Glowkeys is a non-issue as far as I'm concerned.
- jalyst - 2011-04-07 13:50
Malard Wrote:Its an 8 way d-pad, but it moves quite smoothly, so it 'fills in the gaps between, depending on the pressure applied to any of the directional keys'
Thanks, that was joethefox's question, now mine:
jalyst Wrote:To what extent is this a "true" universal remote?
- Axodious - 2011-04-07 15:22
I like the overall design of the remote (aside from the 80s VCR style) however, I'm not so sure about the idea of flipping the remote back and forth to do certain commands. It's a little bit awkward having to constantly flip over the remote because the button isn't on the remote side, the keyboard side should be a compliment not a requirement. I don't think I would enjoy using the remote to control my PVR (never mind my Denon >_<). However, saying that I would like a remote that just works with XBMC; I currently use an Antec Fusion case with the iMon IR receiver and a Harmony 880 and unless you know what key does what already it's a little difficult to work with.
Glowing/Backlit keys don't matter to me.