L5 Launches Solution to Transform iPhone/iPod touch into Universal Remote Control

Fort Lauderdale-based L5 Technology on Monday launched a solution--comprised of a hardware accessory and a free software application--that it bills as transforming any iPhone/iPod touch into a universal remote, capable of controlling TV sets, DVD players, DVR's, cable set-top boxes, audio equipment, and most other products that come with an infrared remote (including, the company points out, ceiling fans and air conditioners).

According to the company, the L5 Remote's hardware component plugs into an iPhone/iPod touch dock connector and its free app will be available for download from the iTunes App Store. It claims that the solution offers quick and easy set-up using drag-and-drop features, so that users can create "their ideal and personally customized remote control interface." It is slated to be available for purchase next month on L5's Web site (www.l5remote.com) and at retailers across the US. "With the fast pace of innovation in the smartphone market, handhelds are becoming the consumer electronics platform of choice, causing disruptions across many markets," L5 founder and CEO, Wade McNary, said in a prepared statement. "We see peripherals that connect smartphones to the physical world as key components in the revolution. Leveraging the power, versatility, and portability of handheld devices, and following Apple's philosophy of design elegance and simplicity, we have solved a common problem. This one small device reverses a long trend toward complexity in remote controls."

According to L5, once the user has purchased the L5 Remote hardware, which it says measures 1.25 x 0.85 inches, and plugged it into the iPhone/iPod touch docking port, they will be prompted to download the free app from the App store, and can then drag-and-drop to create their own customized remote control interface. The app will guide them through a short process of programming it to control their various infrared-enabled devices, the company says. L5 claims that the L5 Remote uses infrared technology to control "any number of devices in any number of rooms," and that it will work up to a distance of approximately 30 feet.

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