By ThinkFlood, Inc
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PLEASE NOTE: While you can use the built in television program guide on its own, in order to control your home theater, you will need RedEye hardware (a separate purchase). RedEye mini sends out the infrared signals necessary to control your home theater and other equipment.
Along with RedEye mini, this application turns your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad into a universal remote control, complete with an extensive infrared device code database and television program guide at no extra charge.
This RedEye mini application is a simplified version of the full RedEye application. This version is small enough to download over the cellular network and streamlines the setup process. Customers looking for an activity-based remote with sophisticated macro handling and advanced button customization should download the (free) full version of the RedEye application, which is also available through iTunes.
This version works only with RedEye mini hardware. Owners of networked RedEye products should use the full RedEye version.
Nice idea - not so good execution
The RedEye Mini is a small dongle that fits into the headphone jack; the dongles can be found in various places for under $20. There is an associated free RedEye Mini app (iPhone and iPad). The idea is that the app will power the dongle, turning your iPhone/iPad into an universal remote. All of this is a very nice idea - however, the app does not work well. The largest problem is the constant crashes, which seems to erase any progress made in programming the device/app. Setup could be much simpler - ThinkFlood needs to add an option to enter the device manufacturer/model and have the app function properly. PROS: device and associated app costs are low/free respectively. CONS: Constant crashes, tedious programming. I'm giving it 2 stars based on its potential vice its current performance.
Picked up a red eye mini for $15 and thought what can go wrong? Well everything did. I attempted to setup my tv / cable box and the app crashed over and over. And believe me, this is not an end user issue - the app needs serious revisions. I even attempted to use not only my iPhone 4, but my wife's iPhone 4, my iPad 2 and my daughters iPod touch all with the same results. The furthest I got was being able to power on my TV and cablebox but anything more than that would crash the app. I already requested an RMA to return the product. I desperately wanted this to work, but it simply is a poorly designed solution for a universal remote. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME, MONEY, AND ENERGY ON THIS PRODUCT.
This requires the Red Eye Mini IR adapter to use. Do not get the App thinking that it will turn your iPod Touch or iPhone into an IR remote. The adapter is available at various stores and eBay. I got mine new for cheap but it usually sells for $50 to $80.
This app works but sometimes crashes and seems to freeze. I found when the program freezes, if you wait and it usually will recover.
When you run the setup, by entering the info at a slow pace, it seems to freeze up less.
Sometimes it will just close and need to be restarted. App really needs a reliability rewrite.
Having said that, IT WORKS, but is not as quick as using the OEM remote. This might be due to the power (or lack of) of the IR signal.
For me, it will suit my needs.
- Category: Entertainment
- Released: Feb 22, 2011
- Version: 1.0.0
- Size: 6.8 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: ThinkFlood, Inc
- © 2011
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.