VooMote Air Turns iPhone and iPad into Social Remotes
More and more, TV watchers are multitasking with their phones or tablets and yapping about it online. See for example, the massive amount of Twitter action around events like the Super Bowl, the Olympics and Clint Eastwood's strange conversation with a chair.
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At last week's IFA show in Berlin, a German company called Voomote introduced a product to facilitate the new way of watching TV. The Voomote Air connects with iPhones and iPads over Bluetooth wireless and converts commands from the mobiles into infrared signals that remotes use to control TVs, sound systems, streaming video boxes and other gear. (Despite some demand, Apple still hasn't added a remote-control-style infrared transmitter to its mobile gadgets.)
But Voomote Air goes beyond that. The accompanying app pulls in local channel listings, allowing you to simply click on what you want. You can also click to share that info to social networks.
Voomote isn't the first of its kind. A company called Peel has long had a very similar device. But Voomote Air is a slick looking, compact device that's worth a closer look. The company said that the Voomote Air will appear in Apple stores in the US before the end of the year. Price not yet known.