I love my PlayStation 3 remote control because it has Bluetooth. No matter where I point, my PS3 knows what I want because Bluetooth doesn’t care if there’s a cup, toy or purse in the way. Too bad none of the other gadgets surrounding my TV behaves as smartly since they rely on infrared wireless technology that needs a clear line of sight.
But now, someone finally made a Bluetooth universal remote. I spotted it today while visiting Broadcom Corp., the Irvine chipmaker whose chips are in all sorts of things, including the iPhone, set top boxes and all sorts of Bluetooth cell phones (more on Broadcom later). And now, it’s in the Blu-Link remote, from SMK Link Electronics.
The remote came out Sept. 1 and is $49.95, that’s a lot cheaper than the Harmony remote and Logitech PS3 adapter I ended up getting.
The Blu-Link remote can control up to six devices, including the PS3, and has some built-in memory so it doesn’t lose any special PS3 settings programmed in even if the 2 AA batteries are removed.
Unfortunately, the remote isn’t future proof and won’t be able to handle upcoming TVs, DVD players and whatever else is coming soon with built-in Bluetooth. The Blu-Link “only contains the Bluetooth profile to control the PS3.”
Guess you’ll still have to keep that home-entertainment center tidy so nothing’s blocking the view to your home entertainment center.
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