New Potato Releases Home Automation Dongle for iPhone
On Thursday, New Potato Technologies introduced the FLPR, a dongle that allows the iPhone and iPod touch to function as a universal remote control capable of controlling devices such as televisions, cable and satellite boxes, stereo systems, lights, ceiling fans and almost anything that requires an infrared remote control.
The device, which connects to the dock connector, functions with the free FLPR app from the App Store. Once the app is launched, users can choose the device “type,” select “brand,” “name it” and “use it.” It’s that easy. FLPR comes pre?programmed with over 14,000 remote control codes, including all major electronics brands.
The FLPR app itself contains an extensive database of over 14,000 pre?programmed remote control codes which are compatible with hundreds of brands of devices out of box with no programming necessary. The device also works as a learning remote and if the remote control code for that old television in the guest bedroom is not in the extensive FLPR database, you can easily teach FLPR the code for that old relic, creating a brand new remote.
FLPR has a range of about 30 feet, is available starting today from the New Potato Technologies web site and will appear in-store nationwide at Best Buy starting March 28th, 2010 for $79.99.
The FLPR app requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later to install and run.