Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Panacea


As you can see, the number of remotes around here is kind of getting out of hand. The other day at Costco, I purchased something that is supposed to take me from the picture on top to this:


It's a pretty cool gadget. You actually do the programming for it on the computer via a USB cable hookup, unlike other universal remotes. I didn't even know such a thing existed although the idea makes perfect sense to me.

The other thing this does that most other remotes don't do is perform a sequence of tasks. For example, you can tell it to play a DVD. That normally involves turning on the television, the DVD player and the audio/visual receiver, and setting them to the proper inputs. Instead of pressing several buttons to make this happen, this Logitech Harmony remote is supposed to do it all with the press of one button, one time.

So has it worked? Are all the other remotes obsolete?

Nope. Not yet, at least. There are some bugs I need to iron out since it doesn't do everything exactly like I would like it to do. But I am pretty sure I can get it to do so if I play around a little more. I'm intrigued by just how precise I can get the commands.

One of these days I'll find something at Costco that I can point at myself and program me to play piano like this:






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