Universal remote controls are nothing new. They supposedly help to combine the multitude of units that control most every piece of electronics in the living room into one, saving space, batteries and the frustration of losing them.
However, One For All reckons its new SmartControl unit is the first one to work with the new wave of digital equipment, including high definition TVs, iPod docks, Blu-ray players, games consoles, MP3 players and home cinema components.
The unit includes specific buttons for common functions including 16:9 (widescreen), TV guide button, a pop up clearer, plus menu items such as “Watch Movie” that controls volume on TV and functions on DVD and amp at the same time.
It’s the sort of thing that a number of manufacturers already implement via HDMI on their own systems, but that usually means that you need to buy equipment from the same company.
SmartControl’s solution should work with most systems, as it includes the SimpleSet three button setup system for popular brands, with the remote able to learn any function from the original RCUs.
It won’t break the bank, either, as it’s available for around £25 ($40).