You can share songs, pictures and videos across all your iOS devices, but why limit sharing to just those 3 things? Why not extend your invitation to allow sharing of your custom remote control configurations? Now this might sound somewhat ridiculous and perhaps you think I’ve gone off the deep-end, unless of course, you’re someone who owns a VooMote Zapper.
The VooMote Zapper, by zero1.tv is a hardware/app configuration that turns your iOS device into this incredibly flexible smart universal remote control. The hardware is a small dongle that plugs into your 30-pin connector on your idevice, which strangely resembles the head of Darth Vader. It acts as an infrared transmitter just like a handheld remote control that you find in your home everyday.
The VooMote Zapper – Universal Remote Control app is the software that allows you to simulate the remote control of your AV equipment using your iOS device.
Easy app configuration
The app uses a step-by-step wizard to help you configure the remotes for your gadgets. Select from a database of remotes for TVs, DVD and Blu-ray players, audio components and even set-top boxes or have it “learn” from the ones you have. It also allows you to customize and identify which device it is and even which room it’s to be used in making finding the right remote just a swipe or two away. You can even combine the most commonly used functions of multiple devices on one screen. In fact you can even create macros that simulate the execution of multiple button pushes and other functions with a single touch, so you don’t have to commit hari-kari switching from one device to another.
While the product is not new what is new is the latest update which adds the integration with iCloud allowing you to conveniently share your remote configurations as well as your custom setups you’ve created, across all your iOS devices.
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