Use Any Handheld as a TV Remote with OmniRemote Pro
Long before Sony released the T series with a built-in TV/stereo remote control, Pacific Neo-Tek had developed OmniRemote, which let any Palm OS handheld control a TV with its infrared port. The company has now released OmniRemote Pro, which offers numerous new features. It now supports Palm OS 4, color screens, 320 by 320 displays, and thumbwheels. It is available now for $25.
OmniRemote Pro acts as a programmable remote. This means it can be taught to use the IR signal from almost any remote, and not just from TVs. It can be used to control stereos, VCRs, just about anything with an IR remote.
The app comes with several pre-created button layouts but users can design their own, using as many buttons as they like and putting them anywhere they want. There any bitmap that can be put behind the buttons as a backdrop. Multiple button layouts can be stored.
The hardware buttons or thumbwheel on the handheld can be used to control the TV, stereo, whatever. These can be programmed as part of each button layout.
Users can also create macros, which perform a sequence of actions with a single key-press.
A remote control isn't very useful if the signals can't reach the TV. Pacific Neo-Tek did a study on the range of the IR ports on various handheld models. According to it, some models have a truly impressive range, with the m500 and m505 topping out at 50 feet.
OmniRemote Pro supports all Palm handhelds, Handspring Visor models, Sony Clié models, the Handera 330, the IBM Workpad30x, and more
Thanks to Jonathan Jackson for the tip. -Ed
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