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Once in place, the RedEye or RedEye mini can control your home theater system and related devices. An extensive online database provides remote control codes for thousands of devices. The app enables control of devices individually or as group using an “activity” function (such as turning on your TV and home theater receiver when you want to play a Blu-ray Disc). Also included in the app is access to a real-time online program guide. If you have an iPhone or Android phone, this is definitely an app and remote control system to check out.
Product of the Week Home Theater Guide, About.com, July 15, 2011 (read more)
Sophisticated home automation solutions have been available for decades, but recent advances in networking and mobile technology enable RedEye Pro to bring these features to a broader market. A new wave of mobile touchscreens, including Apple’s iPad, can replace dedicated controllers, which used to cost thousands of dollars.
Hidden Wires, July 4, 2011 (read more)
Now gadget lovers can take control. RedEye Mini: A tiny gadget plus a clever app that turns your iPhone or iPad into a touch-screen remote control. The app can control all your technology and includes a full TV programme guide.
Homes & Property, London Evening Standard, June 15, 2011 (read more)
You can use [RedEye] to use your iPhone or Android device as a remote to control your TV. Everyone in your house can use their own cell phone as a personal remote.
Breakfast Television, CityTV, June 14, 2011 (watch here)
…A RedEye system allows a range of IR-equipped devices in a home to be controlled via WiFi — so in principle you should now be able to control your home theater and other kit using your Android tablet or smartphone.
TechTidBits.com, May 18, 2011 (read more)
I love the guys out at ThinkFlood. Not only have I been following their stuff largely since I got here, but they keep coming out with new and bizarre little twists that I can’t help but pay attention to. Their newest little surprise is a RedEye remote system that works for Android devices.
TFTS, May 18, 2011 (read more)
RedEye has a hit with iPhone owners from the beginning… …RedEye customers can now use Android phones and tablets with IOS devices and PCs to check their systems RedEye. For now, configuring hardware Redeye still an IOS device, the ability to install the operating system from an Android device comes in a later version.
Tech Prezz, May 18, 2011 (read more)
[ThinkFlood’s] new beta app for Android provides complete control over the company’s RedEye and RedEye Pro products, which in the past were strictly iOS-only. In turn, a RedEye system allows a range of IR-equipped devices in a home to be controlled via WiFi -- so in principle you should now be able to control your home theater and other kit using your Android tablet or smartphone.
Engadget, May 18, 2011 (read more)
For someone who wants a traditional universal remote experience, I’d go with the ThinkFlood RedEye mini ($49 on ThinkFlood.com, plus free app on iTunes). You find your components in the RedEye app’s database and can then control components separately with screens that replicate each remote’s buttons. Plus you can set up activities, like “Watch TV,” which can have a custom set of buttons, including shortcuts to your favorite channels.
Digital Life, Today.com, May 5, 2011 (read more)
…[with] the ThinkFlood RedEye mini ($49 on ThinkFlood.com, plus free app on iTunes)… …find your components in the RedEye app’s database and can then control components separately with screens that replicate each remote’s buttons.
Techlicious, May 4, 2011 (read more)
[RedEye mini is]… …easy to use and potentially future-proof, thanks to the apps’ internet updatability and learning function, this nifty Apple add-on isn’t cheap but remains an elegant way to control multiple devices with minimal fuss.
MSN Tech & Gadgets, April 23, 2011 (read more)
In another sign of how quick the market is adapting to new levels of IT-based control and more affordability using existing interfaces, ThinkFlood Inc. has launched RedEye Pro… It’s a networked home automation processor capable of whole-house control via multiple interfaces, including iPhones, iPads and PCs. The system controls A/V, lighting control, HVAC, security, garage doors and more.
CE Pro, April 27, 2011 (read more)
…Easy to use and potentially future-proof, thanks to the apps’ internet updatability and learning function, this nifty Apple add-on isn’t cheap but remains an elegant way to control multiple devices with minimal fuss.
TechRadar, April 23, 2011 (read more)
…If you want to control all of your home technology devices that use infrared signals via one machine… and don’t want to spend tens of thousands, then RedEye is probably for you. …RedEye works, and works well.
Financial Times, April 22, 2011 (read more)
…With RedEye Pro processor, iPhones, iPads, and personal computers can function as controllers in home automation applications… [and] enables users to interact with a variety of equipment, such as lighting systems, garage door openers, security systems, and HVAC systems.
ThomasNet, April 19, 2011 (read more)
…ThinkFlood, maker of home automation products, has just released its latest and greatest product, the RedEye Pro home automation controller. So you can pretty much control your entire house with your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch once you have this device installed and setup in your home. And yes, they will even have this compatible with Android devices soon.
Apple Thoughts, April 12, 2011 (read more)
…The RedEye Pro has a range of connectivity, including eight 3.5 infrared emitter/contact closure sensor ports, four contact closure relays, two RS-232 ports, four USB ports, Ethernet and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi. And thanks to input from leading custom installation professionals at the design stage, the unit also offers extensive customisation tools including web-based access, meaning that established dedicated whole-house remote-control handsets can be replaced with much more affordable iOS devices or PCs.
What Hi-Fi?, April 7, 2011 (read more)
…First, RedEye Pro is able to control more than one room in the house at a time — it can even synchronize control across multiple rooms. Second, RedEye Pro comes equipped with a wide array of physical connections so that it can work with devices that receive infrared commands as well as those that communicate over a serial port (RS-232), using sensors, relays, and more. …Imagine walking in the front door and having the lights come on automatically and your favorite music or radio program start playing quietly in the background.
Automated Home, April 6, 2011 (read more)
…The RedEye mini requires you to download the RedEye application (free on the Apple App Store) which boasts of an online database of over 70,000 infrared control codes. This provides quick setup and allows you to configure and control devices ranging from televisions, home theatre systems and even air conditioners! The app also provides an option of custom screen layouts for various devices and supports multi-touch and motion gestures.
The Economic Times, April 5, 2011 (read more)
…For really big projects, the new RedEye Pro expands on the concept to control your whole house, giving you remote control via IR, contact closure sensors, and RS-232 over pretty much anything you might want to manage: home theater systems, HVAC, lighting, sump pumps, animatronic holiday decorations—the possibilities are endless.
Bitstream - Sound+Vision Magazine, April 05, 2011 (read more)
…This newfangled A/V accessory works exactly like the original, attaching to one’s home network in order to control a gaggle of devices. Everything from your iPhone to your PC can be dictated, and with eight dual-purpose 3.5mm infrared emitter / contact closure sensor ports, all but the hugest of mansions should be taken care of.
Engadget, April 5, 2011 (read more)
There are a number of apps and adaptors, such as the Gear4 Unity, which allow an iPhone to act as a universal remote control for your TV and other home entertainment kit. However, the RedEye from ThinkFlood is the most sophisticated remote control I’ve come across so far for this platform.
Reg Hardware, March 16, 2011 (read more)
…RedEye users can now access the fully-integrated TV program guide using the RedEye universal remote ‘app’ on their iPhones, iPads or iPod Touches. The colourful, hi-resolution channel guide includes information and program descriptions with details for all broadcast, satellite/cable networks and local stations for all major networks including Freesat, Freeview, NTL Digital, Sky, Topup, Virgin, their associate divisions and more.
HiddenWires, March 16, 2011 (read more)
…With just about endless customizability, first-rate graphics, and intelligently ergonomic layout and implementation, RedEye gets my vote for most innovative A/V category thinking in 2010.
Sound+Vision Magazine, February 24, 2011 (read more)
…Over time RedEye has pushed to simplify the unit more and more, instead providing a cheaper and smaller experience. The company has done that again. While the original iOS app offered a lot of different customization and functionality, the new RedEye mini app offers a straightforward TV remote experience.
TUAW.com, February 24, 2011 (read more)
ThinkFlood is always updating the RedEye application giving their customers free software updates, the ability backup their configuration to a PC and even whole house control for a fraction of the price of other professional systems. The RedEye is packed with features and the hardware is inexpensive when compared to more static remotes that don’t offer features like browser compatibility and an in-app full-color channel guide.
HomeToys.com, February 22, 2011 (read more)
…We’ve gathered together some of the best gadgets from the world of home cinema to give your den a luxury feel… But don’t be fooled by price; you could spend as little or as much as you like on speakers or a TV, but there’s a creeping trend towards home automation. …This £199 transparent blue plastic dock takes commands issued over Wi-Fi from a free iPhone (or iPad) app and converts them into infrared, thus controlling your home cinema stuff.
TechRadar, February 9, 2011 (read more)
…This is easier… With other universal remotes, you’ll often have to go to the web and look up [codes] or they’ll give you a piece of paper with all sorts of tiny writing that you can’t figure out [but] the RedEye mini is a really clever idea.
TWiT, January 24, 2011 (watch now)
…Possibly the ultimate hack of the year… With a bit of wireless network modding and the use of RedEye for the remote system, car hacker Dave Phipps made the iPod capable of controlling the windows, closing the doors, and managing other other little subsystems of the car.
PCWorld.com, December 28, 2010 (read more)
…The RedEye mini takes the most powerful handheld device in your home — your iPhone — and transforms it into a remote, able to control everything from television sets and DVRs to DVD players and audio receivers… you’re in business, controlling everything via an onscreen interface that (probably) never leaves your side.
Switched.com, December 9, 2010 (read more)
…It is clear that ThinkFlood took some time when designing the packaging for their little RedEye… It is certainly a “cool” device, one that is sure to start a conversation or two – and at just under $50 the price is right.
Examiner.com, December 7, 2010 (read more)
…ThinkFlood’s RedEye universal remote is getting a whole lot more useful, with the release of a new software update – RedEye app v2.0 – which adds browser control. Rather than demanding owners control the RedEye with an iOS device such as an iPhone or iPod touch, with the new software any browser – whether on a PC or Mac, or indeed on an Android or BlackBerry smartphone – will be able to operate the device.
SlashGear.com, December 3, 2010 (read more)
…Combined with the ability to make adjustments using a mouse on a computer’s larger screen, tweaking custom RedEye remote layouts just got infinitely easier — you hear that Harmony? The iOS app 2.0 update is also now available as a free ‘Plus’ download in the iTunes store, and finally supports the iPad’s lovely screen in either orientation.
engadget.com, December 3, 2010 (read more)
…The RedEye mini ($50) stands out from the crowd. The RedEye app takes an activity-based approach. You don’t need to worry about selecting the right inputs. Just press a button to watch TV or a movie. You can also create customized remote layouts based on activity. Shortcut gestures make it even easier to control your home theater. The app features an interactive channel guide. You can launch shows directly from the guide.
USAToday.com, November 18, 2010 (read more)
Last night, Stuff hosted the Stuff Gadget Awards 2010 in a spangly ceremony at the Science Museum. We laughed, we cried, we even gave out some awards. ThinkFlood’s RedEye mini is named in our Tech Accessory of the Year category.
Stuff.tv, November 12, 2010 (read more)
The [RedEye] remote line is being highlighted by Armour Home during its current run of 2010 Road Shows… Matt Eagar, president and founder of ThinkFlood, told IE Residential: “The UK is one of the top markets in the world for domotics, and we are thrilled to be working with Armour to bring a new level of integration to the country. With the right distribution partner, the overwhelming success of iOS devices in the UK, and some exciting new changes we are bringing to RedEye hardware and software over the coming months, we expect this can be a $1m market within the first year.”
Installation Europe, September 22, 2010 (read more)
The RedEye is the solution to a real problem, not a solution looking for a problem like so many new tech toys. Whether a user has one audio system or whole house audio or even a home theater, the RedEye can control all of them at once. Users so inclined can even get into a remote control war with their significant other using two iPhones to control a single stereo or television via the RedEye. I highly recommend this restriction-free, convenience laden, music server and component control in one. It’s a great time to be an audiophile.
Computer Audiophile, September 19, 2010 (read more)
In high school, did you ever have one of those watches with an integrated remote control and changed the channel when the teacher was not looking? That prank never gets old! We’ve been playing around with our RedEye for about a month now and it has brought back many fun memories and even more laughs. Besides being practical this gadget comes with many hours of fun in the box.
YourKloset, September 15, 2010 (read more)
The smartphone is really smarter than you think, and the new RedEye Products for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch that ThinkFlood has created has made it even smarter. Glenn McClelland, Armour’s MD said that everyone at Armour Home was very excited about the prospect of distributing the new RedEye models because they’re such obviously brilliant, well thought out products, with absolutely huge market potential.
TMCnet, September 10, 2010 (read more)
The ThinkFlood RedEye remote control, which can turn an iPod Touch or iPhone into a universal remote handset, is about to hit UK shops. [RedEye] can be programmed to control individual devices or a complete system, either with single commands or a whole chain to create macros, and can be expanded into multi-room control. Operation screens are completely customisable, and it’s possible to add new commands or components when required.
What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision, September 8, 2010 (read more)
As CIs we know how to program remotes such as RTI and Nevo, and set up apps to control the home cinema. But even more exciting are products such as RedEye from ThinkFlood. By plugging in an IR interface and downloading an app, these devices allow you to use your iPhone (or indeed your iPad in the case of RedEye) as a universal controller for your home cinema equipment via infrared. This is a challenge that many people have been working on, and probably at first glance not be the most seamless or elegant integration we know, but it brings the CI industry direct to a larger market of customers. So for me, along with the practical uses of AV and home automation, the home cinema has now become a whole lot easier to sell.
HiddenWires, September 3, 2010 (read more)
The mini plugs into the headphone jack and turns your Apple iOS device into a universal remote. It works with the RedEye app, which is free for download from Apple’s app store. Smaller than a thumb drive, it comes with its own carrying case. It has customizable touch screen buttons, multi-touch and motion gesture shortcuts
Vancouver Sun, August 17, 2010 (read more)
We all know that it’s very easy to lose your remote control; and this way, you always have your phone or your remote control at hand. The good thing about [RedEye] is that you can add on any other family members’ phone and connect to the same system, so everyone has control over your devices. The kit costs $188, which as far as I’m concerned, is pretty cheap for the flexibility and different uses you can give to it.
Oh My Geek!, August 16, 2010 (watch more)
ThinkFlood, maker of RedEye remotes has announced the latest in its lineup — the RedEye mini portable remote-control adapter for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Once it’s set up, you can operate anything controlled by infrared signals from televisions to cable receivers, gaming consoles, Blu-ray players, digital media players and other devices.
Winnipeg Free Press, August 14, 2010 (read more)
The [RedEye mini] has attracted a little criticism for its $50 price tag, but this is nothing to worry about. If you have an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, you’ll know that you get what you pay for and it’s the same deal with the Redeye mini. Use it for long enough and you will wonder how you managed without the convenience! Its usefulness wont even end there, as with at least 10 different free [RedEye app] upgrades for it on iTunes since its release, ThinkFlood are clearly continuing support for it well into the future. It’s definitely worth checking out!
Ezine Articles, August 2010 (read more)
Waltham-based ThinkFlood took its RedEye universal remote system (that allows you to control any infrared device from your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch), and shrunk it down into a portable key chain-sized adapter that you simply insert into the headphone jack — though this does make it impossible to listen to Justin Bieber while simultaneously flipping in between Justin Bieber; My World and Justin Bieber on CSI.
Thrillist, July 28, 2010 (read more)
The company [ThinkFlood] really wants to help dudes out who always want to control the remote (at least that is what our wives and girlfriends say about us). …[With RedEye mini] you can turn down the volume on that terrible video in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, switch the TV at the bar to the game you actually want to watch or change the channel at your friend’s house when they won’t hand over the remote. One day someone might even change the channel on KIAH 39’s NewsFix newscast.
mikemcguff.com, July 27, 2010 (read more)
Massachusetts-based ThinkFlood designs and develops remote control hardware and software. Its RedEye line of networked universal remote control products for mobile phones, MP3 players and tablets are priced optimally but include all the features and functionality seen in expensive remotes.
TMCnet, July 26, 2010 (read more)
In the limited testing we’ve done so far, it’s been pretty easy to set up the RedEye mini to control most of the TVs we have around the office. This can come in handy if your remote goes missing or if you have some fairly specific ways that you want to control your home theater.
CNET TV, July 22, 2010 (watch more)
What’s more, ThinkFlood is working on the next stage of its RedEye programme, which will see the launch of a browser-based control able to run on home computers and ‘drive’ a complete system.
What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision, July 22, 2010 (read more)
Here are some things to keep in mind also where the RedEye Mini could be of great benefit. It’s great for people who travel because they will be able to control things wherever they go. Perfect for avoiding touching that icky remote in the hotel room. Perfect for business — use it to control your slides for important presentations (a nice high-tech touch). Good for people who don’t want to invest in an expensive universal remote. They’ll get all the benefits of one without having to shell out hundreds of dollars. (That’s a big plus). If you are in the market for a remote system, head on over to their website and do some homework.
iPhone Life, July 22, 2010 (read more)
The software provides so-called smart actions (ie, it knows that the TV is already on when you switch from watching a cable station to a DVD), macros, motion and multitouch gestures, activity templates for particular sets tasks (eg, Listen to Music), and customisable delays.
iTWire, July 22, 2010 (read more)
This thing [RedEye mini] is so small that it comes with a keychain carrying case. Please guys, I don’t want you going all Gizmodo on me and unleashing some tv-b-gone style chaos at your favorite bars or restaurants so use this thing responsibly!
Mobility Site, July 22, 2010 (read more)
You probably have already heard of the RedEye mini from ThinkFlood, which can be hooked up to the 3.5mm headphone jack on Apple’s iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and control any home theater device that uses IR remotes via the included app.
Ubergizmo, July 21, 2010 (read more)
So it looks like this [RedEye mini] is a very workable solution if you’re interested in using your iPhone as a remote, especially compared to something much more expensive. At just US$49 (though of course you’ll need an iPhone), this easily beats most other touchscreen remotes.
TUAW, July 21, 2010 (read more)
Word is that these things [RedEye minis] beat Harmony universal remotes all hollow, and that’s high praise. High praise, and if you’ve got $49 and an Apple device, you may well want to follow that lead.
TFTS, July 21, 2010 (read more)
The RedEye Mini from Thinkflood plugs into the headphone jack on your chosen Apple handheld, adding an IR transmitter to the mix. After you download the appropriate free app from the App Store, you can change channels and adjust the volume to your heart’s content. It’s all done through the touchscreen interface.
Mobile Magazine, July 21, 2010 (read more)
ZDNet was fortunate enough to get a little hands-on time with the device [RedEye mini], and their early impressions are quite positive. In fact, they recommend skipping the Harmony hoopla and heading right for this if you’re already an iDevice owner (who doesn’t use an imposing case or Bumper), and at a buck under a Grant, we certainly aren’t in a position to argue.
Engadget, July 20, 2010 (read more)
Universal remotes are cool, but if the complexities (or price) of something like Logitech’s mind-blowing Harmony 900 super remote are more likely to induce a panic attack than a stream of drool, the $49 RedEye Mini made for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad might be a more ideal match for you.
CNET Reviews, July 20, 2010 (read more)
One thing that’s not apparently obvious… is how devilish you can be with the [RedEye mini] device. Since everyone expects you to have your cell phone on you at the bar or in the break room, it doesn’t stand out nearly as much as bringing a full-size universal remote control. Even with the iPhone 4’s reported cell problems, you can just pretend it’s some cheap antennae to boost your signal. …and then you can just turn off the sports in the break room, right before that important catch. Or, you can just mess around with your friend’s Xbox 360, ejecting the disc as he gets to the final boss…
Examiner, July 20, 2010 (read more)
The RedEye Mini brings all IR remotes you might own into the iDevice of your choice, you can use RedEye mini with your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad at home or work, with friends and family, or while traveling for business or pleasure…
IGYAAN, July 20, 2010 (read more)
However, a mere $50 compared to a possible few hundred for some other touchscreen remote systems is quite reasonable. The only thing lacking with this solution [RedEye mini] is access to devices from other rooms or away from home. If that functionality is up your alley, check out ThinkFlood’s regular RedEye for $188.
App Advice, July 20, 2010 (read more)
[RedEye mini] Users can get codes from ThinkFlood’s online infrared code database so they can control devices that no longer have a remote control.
Electronista, July 20, 2010 (read more)
They [ThinkFlood] also pack a microprocessor into the infrared dongle, to generate the IR frequencies (up to 60 kHz) that a normal iDevice audio output can’t produce.
iSmashPhone, July 20, 2010 (read more)
In my half day of testing I have removed the RedEye mini from my iPhone 4 a number of times, switched to different apps, resumed the RedEye mini app, and controlled my TV and associated media components without fail — it’s definitely living up to the everyday test scenarios. I’ve been debating about upgrading to a high-end, customizable remote for sometime now, but with the RedEye mini selling for $49 and just needing an iPhone or iPod touch to work, it still comes in at substantially less than a comparable customizable remote. …I highly recommend you pick up a RedEye mini of your own.
ZDNet, July 19, 2010 (read more)
‘More than twenty years ago, we named our company Trends because our mission was to cut through all the hype to bring dealers the most innovative audio and control products, but only the ones worth owning, like ThinkFlood’s new RedEye remotes,’ said Trends President and CEO Mitch Irving. ‘Everyone already has a cell phone, MP3 player or tablet these days, so why not use it to control everything, instead of a universal remote? They already know how to use it.’
Business Review Canada, July 15, 2010 (read more)
Imagine using your iProduct to turn off/on your home stereo, DVD player, game console, TV, etc., and you get the idea. [RedEye mini] is a pretty powerful tool, and it may provide that universal remote functionality you have been wanting.
HotHardware, July 9, 2010 (read more)
ThinkFlood’s new RedEye mini for iPhone, iPad and iPod is probably the best universal IR remote control. I don’t see why anyone would consider anything else for a universal remote.
Softpedia, July 8, 2010 (read more)
In case you’re wondering, this little guy [RedEye mini] will transform your iDevice into a universal remote, enabling it to talk to any home entertainment component that listens to IR (read: that’s just about all of ‘em).
Engadget, July 7, 2010 (read more)
[ThinkFlood] had some fun making their own (ridiculous) version of Gizmodo’s Lost iPhone Saga, as a way to share detailed information, video, and tons of photos of the soon-to-launch product – I can’t wait to check this out.
iPhone Life, July 7, 2010 (read more)
It is a refreshing take on an official product reveal because not a lot of companies have this sense of humor. The new hardware is different from the original Redeye in that instead of having a base station in your living room and connecting over wifi to your iOS device, the mini plugs into your headphone jack.
Mobility Site, July 7, 2010 (read more)
The ThinkFlood RedEye mini universal remote control will target a range of iDevices, namely the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The RedEye mini will follow up on its predecessor [RedEye] which was actually the first complete universal remote control system for all three mentioned devices.
Ubergizmo, July 7, 2010 (read more)
ThinkFlood has assured us all along that the second they had a prototype unit that met the high standards they have for all their products that the actual release date would be just weeks away. Well, it looks like the prototype unit was ‘found’ as detailed in this cute announcement reminiscent of the iPhone 4 leak.
Remote Shoppe, July 6, 2010 (read more)
D&H showcased several new vendors at the show whose products complement a connected home. RedEye mini, a $49 solution that turns an iPhone or iPod Touch into a universal remote for any infrared-based device.
CustomRetailer, June 10, 2010 (read more)
You’ll be controlling it all with devices you’re probably already familiar with… touch-screen Internet devices like the iPod Touch, Android phones, the iPad and any number of other phone or tablet we’ve yet to see. Applications and hardware add-ons are being made available for devices like the iPhone and Android phones. One of them, the RedEye Mini ($49), plugs into a phone’s headphone jack and blasts infrared signals at your home theater, allowing you to set up commands for watching TV, listening to music or setting your DVR to record a show.
CNN, June 9, 2010 (read more)
Volutone said this week that it is now distributing RedEye universal remote control products. The distribution deal is for California, Nevada and Hawaii.
Dealerscope, June 3, 2010 (read more)
Even better, [with RedEye] you can customise the iPhone screen displayed when in an activity, giving you only the buttons required: you just select the buttons one by one, and drag them where you want them on the screen. So for my ‘Play TV’ activity, I now have on the screen volume up/down/mute for the receiver; the cursor and OK keys for the Sky+ HD box; and Sky’s four colour buttons and play, pause, stop and record. In other words, all that’s needed for day-to-day viewing, without cluttering up the screen with functions hardly ever used. It’s simple, logical and entirely brilliant.
What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision, May 16, 2010 (read more)
RedEye networked universal remote control accessories for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad have been used by New Zealanders since its launch in December 2009. Krome is New Zealand’s exclusive distributor of RedEye.
InfoTech Spotlight, May 11, 2010 (read more)
Remote clutter is on the rise in family rooms across the country and while there are plenty of companies wiling to sell you a universal remote, you usually have to choose between cheap (and bland) or expensive with an LCD display and fancy interface. The RedEye mini offers a third alternative that’s cheaper than most full-featured universal remotes while offering a colourful multitouch UI and capabilities that rival expensive units.
Winnipeg Free Press, May 2, 2010 (read more)
Turning an iPhone into a universal remote: Since people tend to have their iPhones with them all the time – or perhaps an iPod Touch – why not use it for all it’s worth. ThinkFlood makes the RedEye. It’s a WiFi connected base that wirelessly communicates with your iPhone and sends infrared signals to control your TV, stereo, DVD player and more. And CEO Matt Eagar says that’s just the start, “In the future there’s a lot of potential here to control your gear wherever you can get an Internet connection. That’s a software update that we’re going to be making soon.”
Boot Camp, April 28, 2010 (hear more)
Without the restrictions of one universal remote, everyone in the home can use his or her own iPhone or iPod Touch to control various devices throughout the house. Furthermore, each person can interact with the RedEye system simultaneously. The system configuration data is stored in the RedEye hardware itself, so synchronizing additional controllers and RedEye units takes place automatically. The system configuration can also be backed up to any personal computer and then used to restore the RedEye hardware without any difficulty through using the device’s homepage.
The OneCall Blog, April 28, 2010 (read more)
Since the surge of numerous remote controlled electronic devices, the demand for universal remotes is constantly on the rise, both from household customers and organizations. Sensing an opportunity in this field, ThinkFlood, maker of RedEye remotes for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, has joined hands with WAVE Electronics to explore this demand. WAVE Electronics is the first distributor of these remotes in US. Recently, the company partnered with TotalQ, to address consumer and reseller demand in Australia.
TMCnet, April 28, 2010 (read more)
These high end systems [from Control4, Crestron, Bang and Olufsen] can leverage the iPad’s great screen resolution and ease of use, but they are still too expensive to position the iPad as a universal controller. There are plenty of smaller companies contending for that role. If you are not ready to spend thousands on home automation systems just yet, there are multiple iPad options for finally getting rid of all those separate remote controls, as well as linking the iPad to your existing iPhone functionality. The Red Eye mini from ThinkFlood is a small infrared adapter that sells for under $50 and plugs into the headphone jack of your iPad to turn it into a controller for everything that speaks IR.
Smart Products, April 20, 2010 (read more)
In closing, if you are in the market for a remote (that would also integrate with your iPhone, iPod Touch, and even your iPad), I would consider this [RedEye] as a possible solution. I did not have any bad experiences at all when I was using this. It worked like it was supposed to. It does take a little time to get the remote commands set up, but that is expected. In the end, you want a system that is very functional and very easy to use, that fits your needs.
iPhone Life, April 19, 2010 (read more)
Channel surfing with a traditional remote might be going the way of the 8-track. There’s one device that I’ve been trying out lately called the RedEye which is an app and a hardware device that beams a signal to these devices and kind of doubles as a remote control… You’re going to have your smartphone with you all the time. It allows multiple people in the house to control all the same devices if they have the same app installed. And you’re much less likely to lose your smartphone, I think, than to lose 4 or 5 remotes that you have around.
All Things Considered (NPR), April 19, 2010 (hear more)
RedEye has let me consolidate all my remotes onto a single iPod touch, and AV bliss has settled upon my household. Patience in getting it set it up was rewarded tenfold by its sheer convenience. Add to this the fact that the RedEye system can easily be expanded by adding multiple docks around the house and the RedEye easily becomes one of the most useful iPod Touch/iPhone accessories ever created.
New Zealand Herald, April 15, 2010 (read more)
Eventually you will be able to access your on screen programming guide through your iPhone. Now that’s when this becomes really useful. I imagine forgetting to DVR the latest season of The Real World and being able to do that from the kitchen or bedroom with my iPod Touch. Hey, it beats walking into the living room.
mikemcguff.com, April 12, 2010 (read more)
What kinds of devices can you control with the RedEye? Infrared is 1970s technology. It’s been around forever, so there are a lot of things that you can control with infrared through RedEye. We have people that have controlled their hot tubs and their Christmas lights, ceiling fans. The most common applications, obviously, are TVs, DVD players, cable boxes, stereos systems, that kind of thing. You’d be surprised by the range of things that are infrared compatible. People have been posting videos on YouTube showing what they can do.
Boot Camp, April 8, 2010 (hear more)
ThinkFlood’s new RedEye Mini, on the other hand, is a universal remote solution that doesn’t require the iPhone or iPod touch’s dock connector, therefore you could charge it up at the same time. Instead, the small antenna plugs into the headphone jack and lets you control your gear up to 30 feet away.
Digital Trends, April 5, 2010 (read more)
Like Global Cache, RedEye offers hardware that turns IP commands from an iPhone into IR signals for the A/V gear. Unlike Global Cache, however, the RedEye device ($188 including iPod charging dock) “blasts” IR signals into a stack of gear. Users say, “Intuitive interface, less than 1 hour response time from customer support…”
Electronic House, April 1, 2010 print edition (read more)
If you’re frustrated at the amount of remotes you need to control your home entertainment system and you have an iPod touch, an iPhone, or you’re planning on getting an iPad, you’ll be glad to hear that you can consolidate all your remotes right onto your Apple device thanks to ThinkFlood.
The Minnesota Daily, March 30, 2010 (read more)
The use of WiFi is really where the bulk of the differences of [RedEye] stem from when comparing it to other IR options. One advantage is the ability to use the remote without being in a direct line of site of your device. This would be helpful for example if you’re in an adjoining room to a TV which is too loud to hear you company. Instead of leaving your guests to find a remote and turn down the volume it could quickly be done without ever breaking conversation. WiFi also allows more then one iDevice to control your systems at once, while this could start controller wars in some homes, the more diplomatic ones could find many advantages to it.
148Apps, March 26, 2010 (read more)
Phipps’ latest hack? An app running on his iPod Touch that lets Phipps manipulate every subsystem of his car from across the parking lot. How does Phipps do all this? The first step was to give the GTO its own wireless network, which he accomplished by hooking up a Linksys router that broadcasts a Wi-Fi signal to his iPod Touch. Hooked up to the router is a RedEye base station, which is typically used for turning your iPhone or iPod into universal remote for your home theater system. In the GTO, the RedEye is connected to the car’s various electronic systems, as well as numerous servos and other controllers.
PC World, March 24, 2010 (read more)
But the arrival of the $188 RedEye from ThinkFlood – which was essentially designed to control home entertainment devices over a Wi-Fi network once it was programmed by the user gave Mr. Phipps a more advanced tool. He installed a Linksys-based Wi-Fi control system for the baby-blue GTO to talk to the RedEye. So utilizing the car’s wireless network I can use this device from quite a ways away.
The New York Times, March 24, 2010 (read more)
The RedEye, you may remember, is a box that receives its instructions from the iPhone or iPod over Wi-Fi and blasts them out to your home-theater components via infrared beams. Dave has used it to build a Wi-Fi network into his GTO which is hooked up to all the motors in the car. He even uses the macro function of the RedEye app. Wait ‘til you see the “all down” function in the video. I guarantee you’ll crack a smile.
Wired, March 23, 2010 (read more)
When Thinkflood released the RedEye remote for the iPhone/iPod Touch their intentions were for the home theater crowd. But that hasn’t stopped Dave Phipps from hacking the device and turning it into the ultimate remote control for his ‘69 GTO.
GadgetReview, March 22, 2010 (read more)
The RedEye is interfaced with the control system for the car, also of Dave’s design, operating some things through wired links to the RedEye and others through infrared links as per the RedEye’s typical usage. As he demonstrates in the video, he can put the windows and roof up and down, control the stereo, and apparently even scare passers-by as he starts and revs the engine from outside the car.
Popular Science, March 19, 2010 (read more)
Dave Phipps has been building remote control systems for his 1969 Pontiac GTO for years. His masterpiece? Using a system called RedEye to remotely control the car’s ignition, radio, doors and more with an iPod Touch.
Jalopnik, March 18, 2010 (read more)
We were first blown away by James Bond’s heroics when he drove a BMW 7 Series using his Sony Ericsson handset, but this time round it is no fiction… Dave Phipps has come up with an iPod touch software which will be able to control his 1969 Pontiac GTO. This is made possible thanks to the RedEye system which can remotely control the car’s ignition, radio and doors with an iPod Touch.
Ubergizmo, March 18, 2010 (read more)
What’s also really interesting is how many companies are now building technology off of the headphone jack. The most publicized one is Square, but I can see the RedEye mini gaining even more awareness as it starts shipping. Imagine having an all-in-one customizable touch screen remote for just $50 – provided you have an iPhone or iPod touch? That’s a great price point. By the way, don’t discount the original RedEye just because of price. It’s got some amazing tech inside that lets you use your iPhone or iPod touch to control your gear via WiFi from anywhere your WiFi will go.
ZDNet, March 5, 2010 (read more)
The best part about the RedEye Mini is that it’s only $49 and it’s coming this Spring. At that price, I can see a ton of these being sold. This is why I love the iPhone – you can do so much when companies create innovative accessories!
iPhone in Canada, March 4, 2010 (read more)
I’m really happy to see that one company finally gets that just because I can flip my iDevice to point a dongle at my TV doesn’t mean that I want to.
Appletell, March 3, 2010 (read more)
If you’ve been looking for a cheap and easy-to-use IR hookup for your iPhone, the Redeye mini might be just what you’re waiting for.
TUAW, March 3, 2010 (read more)
It’s a dongle… but instead of taking up your 30 pin connector it uses your device’s headphone jack, allowing you to charge your device while controlling your TV, receiver, Blu-ray player, or what have you. Since [RedEye mini] uses a headphone jack, it is also capable of supporting multiple devices. Better yet, you won’t have to flip your device upside down to use it.
App Advice, March 2, 2010 (read more)
The world of universal remotes, IR blasters, and signal repeaters is an automated, macho technoscape of high-priced components and intimidating remote controls. But if the complexities (or price) of something like Logitech’s mind-blowing Harmony 900 super remote are more likely to induce a panic attack than a stream of drool, a $49 adapter made for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad might be a more ideal match for you.
CNET, March 2, 2010 (read more)
RedEye mini is setting a new bar in the world of iPhone/iPad/iPod touch remotes, with a single plug-in Infrared (IR) adapter enabling your Apple device to beam out a near-limitless array of IR commands. All that’s needed is the 3.5mm dongle (read: your dock connector remains open), the latest iPhone OS and the free RedEye app; once you’re setup, you can then control your TV, AV receiver, Blu-ray player and whatever else is lucky enough to be in your home theater rack and support IR dictation.
Engadget, March 2, 2010 (read more)
Offering an alternative from their other RedEye product, ThinkFlood has unveiled the RedEye Mini as an easier and cheaper universal remote solution. Looking pretty cool attached to your iPhone’s 3.5mm jack the RedEye Mini works just like its big brother by means of the free downloadable app the effectively transforms your iPhone into an Infrared controlling tyrant.
GadgetReview, March 2, 2010 (read more)
Changing TV channels can be achieved by flicking the iPhone around like it’s a Wii-mote.
Gizmodo, March 2, 2010 (read more)
The new RedEye mini is a small, cylindrical 3.5mm IR transmitter that connects to the iPhone’s or iPod touch’s headphone jack, communicating directly with the company’s RedEye app and eliminating the need for the larger separate transmitter box. The RedEye mini draws power from the device itself, and includes a carrying case.
iLounge, March 2, 2010 (read more)
Having too many remote controls can be a pain but I just don’t feel right about plopping down $200 or more for a fancy universal remote. ThinkFlood’s RedEye mini may solve this problem because the $50 dongle turns your iPhone or iPod Touch into a remote for all of your IR gear.
IntoMobile, March 2, 2010 (read more)
The RedEye mini is a tiny dongle that plugs into your iPhone (or iPod touch) via the headphone jack, and blasts IR signals directly to devices in your entertainment center. The companion RedEye app lets you create custom layouts for your remote’s buttons, including the creation of macros. That means that instead of swapping the inputs and turning on your receiver when you want to watch Finding Nemo, you can just tap the ‘Watch a DVD’ button (that you’ve previously programmed), and everything just works.
Macworld, March 2, 2010 (read more)
We think the RedEye Mini might just do to high-end universal remote controllers what free navigation on Android 2.0 did to the GPS market, i.e. set them on a path towards extinction. After all, if you’re in the market for a $150 universal remote, I’d say there’s a decent chance you have an iPod Touch or iPhone. So at less than $50, the RedEye Mini is an exciting proposition. Heck it might even be worth buying a dedicated iPod Touch for this, just so you can tell your pals all about your new remote control which just happens to surf the web, store your music collection and get you email. The RedEye Mini will be available later in the Spring. Now just imagine the delicious irony of using this on an iPod Touch to control Windows Media Center…
theONbutton, March 2, 2010 (read more)
The ThinkFlood RedEye mini raises the ante where iPhone/iPod (and potentially, iPad) touch remotes are concerned, where this solitary plug-in Infrared (IR) adapter will allow your Apple device to beam out a nearly unlimited array of IR commands…When up and running, you’ll be the king of the house by controlling the family of HDTVs, AV receivers, Blu-ray players and other home theater appliances. All this power for $49? Sounds like a steal!
Ubergizmo, March 2, 2010 (read more)
So when my kids have the downstairs tv way too loud on Saturday morning I can turn the volume down from the comfort of my bed — when they keep turning it back up I can turn it off from my bed too.
Now What Baby?, February 25, 2010 (read more)
RedEye supports macros so the remote is capable of multiple commands with a single touch… The system is immensely customizable… [with a] deep database of devices and infrared codes.
Wired, February 24, 2010 (read more)
We are all tired of sticky notes and cheat sheets that remind our loved ones how to turn on the TV, receiver, DVD player, amplifiers and which remote control does what. The “activity based” remote control is supposed to be the end all be all fix for the ‘too many remote control’ issues and by in large most of the devices sold work well. It is much easier to hit ‘Watch DVD’ and have all the equipment do what its supposed to do automatically rather than use ten different remotes to turn on each device and set the inputs accordingly. The RedEye brings that technology to the Apple lineup and does so in a way that works.
Missing Remote, February 2, 2010 (read more)
Obviously Valentine’s Day is all about the guy, so we’ve got stuff for guys. What’s really cool [about RedEye] is that because it’s infrared and Wi-Fi, you can actually control your devices from different rooms. This is good because a man knows that you love him when you give him the power to change the CD track from the bathroom.
NBC New York, February 2, 2010 (watch more)
Cleanly designed, this remote interface aspect is one of the best features of the RedEye, particularly for control freaks. While the standardized button setups are good enough to go with as is, the application also allows users to customized virtually every aspect of the remote’s interface on a per activity basis. Buttons can be added and subtracted, adjusted in size, and rearranged to make the most sense from an individual use standpoint. In a nice touch, icons for favorite channels are even included among the customization options, providing users an attractive way to navigate quickly between popular channels. Summing up our experience using the RedEye, we can confirm that this hardware and software combination does deliver on its promise of converting iPods and iPhones into fully functional universal remotes. In some ways the kit even provides control and customization options unavailable to home theater enthusiasts with other remote solutions.
Gear Patrol, February 1, 2010 (read more)
Can only The Jetsons use their iPhone or iPod touch to control their TV, stereo, cable box, DVD player, and other devices that receive standard (infrared) signals? It turns out the future’s here today with ThinkFlood’s RedEye personal remote control which provides all the power you need to master all your devices – and it small enough to fit right in your pocket. Avoid a lover’s quarrel and less than passionate wrestling over the remote by ensuring that you are the first to have the new RedEye personal remote control.
Pinstripe Magazine, February 1, 2010 (read more)
You’ll soon have many options for using your iPhone as a Universal Remote, but ThinkFlood was the first to the market with their RedEye IR dock for iPhone and iPod touch. The RedEye dock works very nicely. All IR signals it sent during my testing were received by all of my gear, so there is definitely no problem there. And after the [software] update was applied successfully to my review unit, it had no lags or any difficulties of any kind.
Appletell, January 23, 2010 (read more)
Unsurprisingly, it turns out that creating new hardware products is harder than it looks, according to iPhone developers polled by Wired.com. For ThinkFlood founder Matthew Eagar, an independent entrepreneur who developed the RedEye universal remote app and accessory for iPhone, getting certified was his major challenge. To gain [Apple] certification, Eagar had to fly his staff to California to put his accessory through a cellphone testing lab at Cetecom. For his particular accessory, he had to ensure RedEye passed over-the-air testing to avoid interfering with the iPhone’s cell signal. The testing took many hours spread over several days. “They had crazy requirements in terms of, you don’t want to interfere with the cell signal,” Eagar said. “It took us 10 weeks of back and forth and flying people around the country to spend time with these certification facilities.”
Wired, January 20, 2010 (read more)
Laying out the buttons is as simple as choosing the command and then dragging it by your finger tips until you find an appropriate layout. You can even change the icon, add a text label, increase the button’s size by three sizes and program gesture shortcuts such as a two finger swipe or accelerometer flick left.
GadgetReview, January 18, 2010 (read more)
This is exactly what I was hoping for, which is definitely a good thing. [RedEye] had a lot of things that it had to be able to do right – and it did. The folks at ThinkFlood are going to be working on making as good of a product as they can. There’s a lot more software updates coming along the way. Thumbs-up from both of us, correct? Yep, that would definitely be a thumbs-up. I definitely enjoyed it and am very happy with it.
The Appcast, January 17, 2010 (hear more)
[RedEye] works using your wireless router – there are detailed instructions on how to set this up and we were impressed that it was really quite simple. Probably the coolest part is that each iPod Touch or iPhone device in the house can be used independently and even simultaneously on the same devices. The system is modular, which means that not only can you have any number of iDevices controlling entertainment media, but you can also have any number of RedEye bases in the house, giving you multiple entertainment system options.
TrulyObscure, January 13, 2010 (read more)
If this is your first system and looking to save a few bucks, the addition of an universal remote is not a necessity but a luxury. However, if you’re reaching for a remote, it’s sure nice to have one vs several on the coffee table. Those who consider the iPhone to be the center of the digital universe might consider the RedEye from Thinkflood. It turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a customizable touch screen remote and will control practically anything with a infrared sensor.
Apartment Therapy Unplggd, January 12, 2010 (read more)
Most of the apps to date have been games or widgets designed to make your life a little easier, such as a searchable guide to choosing the best wines when you’re at the liquor store. But the app is evolving. Consumer electronics companies are integrating them with physical, real-world devices, letting users use their iPhone to control things around their home. ThinkFlood’s RedEye app/product combo, …transformed the iPhone into a portable remote control…
CNBC, January 8, 2010 (read more)
So to sum this all up, the wait is over! While there have been countless announcements of people working on hardware attachments to make your iPhone or iPod Touch work as a remote control, there is finally a product on the market, and it just works! If you have been waiting for this capability as long as I have, then this is an opportunity that you simply cannot pass up! I would encourage you to head to Thinkflood.com and purchase your own RedEye today!
AppShouter, January 6, 2010 (read more)
And finally, there’s the ThinkFlood RedEye. No, it’s not a flight you don’t want to take. It’s another IR remote device. This one is different from the rest as it does not need to be physically attached to the iPhone. This remote’s distinguishing feature is that you don’t need to be in the same room to control it, only the same wireless network.
Appletell, January 5, 2010 (read more)
As opposed to Logitech’s Harmony line which relies on user-contributed codes, ThinkFlood has chosen to use a professionally managed database by a 3rd party.
Mobility Site, January 5, 2010 (read more)
Those accustomed to Logitech’s Harmony universal remotes will no doubt be familiar with the RedEye app’s “activities” feature, which allows you to initiate multiple functions on multiple devices with a single touch (for example, turn the volume up on your amplifier and switch on the TV at the same time). Entering an activity also brings up a graphical virtual remote, which has a customisable button layout that can be as simple or as complex as you like.
PC World (Australia), January 5, 2010 (read more)
The unboxing was a very pleasant experience. There is no other way to describe it. I was reminded of the iPhone unboxing experience when doing this. Upon lifting the top of the box off, I was greeted with the RedEye device right on top in a custom fit tray. Below that was the manuals and 2 smaller boxes that contained the dock’s adapters for the various iDevices that are supported and another box contained the AC adapter. The device itself feels very high end and very solid to me.
Mobility Site, January 4, 2010 (read more)
The RedEye allows to create your own layout for remote control. It also utilizes accelerometer to switch channels or control volume… The RedEye offers also a huge database of IR codes. You just select your device and the application will download its codes. For unknown devices the RedEye provides learning mode as all universal remotes. The RedEye system for iPhone and iPod touch is available at $188.00. It isn’t so cheap but considering offered functionality it looks reasonable.
Smart Home Blog, January 2, 2010 (read more)
What Will the Apple Tablet Mean for the Smart Home? Price… One thing we know for certain is that any Apple tablet will be a premium product with a matching price tag. However, in the high-end world of Crestron and AMX touchscreens, Apple’s prices would certainly appear ‘reasonable’ in comparison. Take the Pronto TSU9600 remote. At ~950 it may not be a million miles away from the Apple tablet price and assuming devices like the ThinkFlood RedEye will work with the device just as well as with the iPhone, then it will offer similar remote control application plus the myriad of additional functionality.
Automated Home, December 30, 2009 (read more)
I would recommend the RedEye system to people who have a need it can fill. If you have a Mac Mini Media Center, it’s close to a must buy. All your devices controlled from the iPhone is awesome.
Appmodo, December 29, 2009 (read more)
RedEye can (and presumably will) be upgraded regularly through the App store. As ThinkFlood tweaks and improves the device, users will be able to reap the benefits without an additional charge. It’s an impressive use of the iPhone and one that should please everyone from home theater buffs to casual users.
Variety, December 21, 2009 (read more)
[RedEye] is pretty easy to use. It’s customizable. It’s compatible for the most part. There’s a lot of shortcuts you can use. A multitude of different things… All in all it’s a really good device. Once you get it set up. You know, I mean, SET UP – that’s it. You don’t really have to mess around with it any more.
Home Theater Connection Podcast, December 20, 2009 (hear more)
RedEye supports multiple rooms, controllers, and users simultaneously. It controls a virtually unlimited number of devices and can store a virtually unlimited number of commands, far exceeding competitive product offerings.
HiddenWires, December 18, 2009 (read more)
This is a VERY nice package. It looks almost like something Apple would put their stuff in. The device itself [RedEye], it’s actually a lot smaller than I figured it was going to be.
Mobility Site, December 14, 2009 (read more)
This holiday season, let Thrillist’s Guy’s Gift Guide help you effortlessly fake thoughtfulness – RedEye’ll let your giftee control everything from the TV and cable box to the DVD player with his iPhone/iTouch, yet another app to distract from the fact that your phone can’t actually call people. Who knows, maybe it’ll even turn on his girlfriend.
Thrillist, December 7, 2010 (read more)
RedEye is the only complete universal remote control system for the iPhone and iPod touch that allows users to control virtually any home entertainment device from any room in the home. The RedEye system is easy to use, and set up is simple.
Automated Home, December 5, 2009 (read more)
While the RedEye app is free, the actual dock will set you back $188, which at first may sound expensive, however that’s when compared to the basic universal remotes many will be familiar with. The RedEye is more complex than that and should be compared with similar hardware, like for instance the Logitech Harmony One universal remote, which uses a tiny touchscreen running Windows, and that retails at $249, while the 3.5 – touchscreen equipped Harmony 1100 Advanced Remote retails at $499 – making the RedEye actually quite competitive.
iPhoneFreak, December 5, 2009 (read more)
Where the RedEye system really stands out, though, is in its use of the iPhone’s accelerometer and multitouch gesture support. In addition to just tapping soft keys, on the screen, you can rock or flip the iPhone/iPod to do things like adjust volume or toggle between TV channels.
ModMyi, December 5, 2009 (read more)
[RedEye] set up is pretty straightforward. You just follow the instructions and you can be online in about five minutes… It doesn’t take very long to set up.
HT Guys, December 5, 2009 (read more)
RedEye’s most unique propositions, however, are its multitouch gesture and accelerometer support. Instead of just tapping the soft keys, you can rock or flip the iPhone or iPod to toggle TV channels, adjust volumes, and so on.
CNET, December 5, 2009 (read more)
The iPhone already functions as a phone, media player, Web browser, GPS device and more, and now it also works as universal remote.
ABC News, December 2, 2009 (read more)
It’s cool to have a universal remote to control your home theater, since it’s so frustrating using 3 or 5 different remotes to use each device in your home theater. ThinkFlood’s RedEye is something really smart. It’s a fail-proof way of transforming your iPhone into a universal remote control.
Apartment Therapy Unplggd, December 2, 2009 (read more)
RedEye’s macro operation is sophisticated, letting you create “actions” that turn on multiple components for, say, watching TV, or watching a Blu-ray disc. You can arrange the buttons on the touchscreen however you want, and you can even use multitouch slides to control functions such as volume.
DVICE, December 2, 2009 (read more)
Apple’s ‘Remote’ application was a good start, but we’ve known for some time now that the platform was capable of far, far more. ThinkFlood is stepping up today and proving our assumptions right, as the RedEye universal remote control system effectively converts your iPhone or iPod touch into a remote for any IR-equipped component.
Engadget, December 2, 2009 (read more)
At $188, it’s not crazy expensive, either. I mean, the Logitech Harmony 900 costs $400, and even the Harmony 700 is $150.
Gizmodo, December 2, 2009 (read more)
We have used a lot of remotes in our day and have pretty much settled on Logitech’s Harmony Remote for our personal use. ThinkFlood’s RedEye is the first remote solution that will be making us take a second look. The ability to use multiple remotes while only having to configure one of them is very appealing. Now no one has to fight over the remote. If you have an iPhone or iPod Touch you simply install the free application and turn your iPod into a powerful universal remote control. The RedEye is a quite impressive and will help you take back control of your home entertainment.
HT Guys, December 2, 2009 (read more)
The [RedEye] app not only has an onscreen remote interface but can be programmed to automatically perform multiple tasks for a particular activity, such as turning on the TV, switching inputs and ejecting the tray on a Blu-ray player to load a new movie. Given its choice of networking, the RedEye can take controls from more than one iPhone or iPod. By the same token, multiple RedEyes are accessible from a single device at the same time as long as they’re on the same network.
iPodNN, December 2, 2009 (read more)
Another Swiss Army use of the iPhone cropped up today as well – a $188 dock that turns the iPhone into a Universal Remote Control. The RedEye personal remote control device won’t pause or mute the world “Click”-style, but you can channel your inner Adam Sandler by controlling home electronics with it.
jkOnTheRun, December 2, 2009 (read more)
It’s possible to get very fiddly with the RedEye. For example, you can configure a button so that it has a single function – enter the number 2, for instance – toggles as you would with an On/Off button, fires a series of steps in a macro (for configuring a button to call up Comedy Central, for example), or repeats a command as long as the button is held.
Macworld, December 2, 2009 (read more)
I’m not certain why we haven’t seen this before, but ThinkFlood has figured out a way of turning an ordinary iPhone into a Universal Remote… Now you will never lose the remote again, provided you keep your favorite Apple mobile device handy.
Mobile Whack, December 2, 2009 (read more)
Repurposing an iPhone or iPod touch as a remote control isn’t a new idea – Sonos have one of the more impressive implementations we’ve played with – but if you don’t want device-specific control and would prefer a universal remote, ThinkFlood have one such option.
SlashGear, December 2, 2009 (read more)
Since its debut in 2007, the iPhone has gone from a feature-packed cell phone/media player device to something that is starting to resemble the communicators from Star Trek, thanks in no small part to the app-developing community and their clever uses of the phone’s various hardware capabilities. And now with ThinkFood’s RedEye app going on sale today, we can add true universal remote-controlling to the “There’s an App for that!” list.
Spike TV, December 2, 2009 (read more)
The functionality of the hardware/software combination is quite impressive. The premise is simple — turn commands sent over Wi-Fi into infrared signals — but the possibilities are endless.
TUAW, December 2, 2009 (read more)
Retailing for $188 a pop, this ain’t too shabby considering the price of other universal remotes, boasting Apple’s vaunted touchscreen display capability and user interface as well.
Ubergizmo, December 2, 2009 (read more)
Since March, Wired.com has had high hopes for what we call “dongleware” iPhone apps that take advantage of special accessories (via Bluetooth or the USB dock connector). We even compiled a wish list for dongleware we’d like to see. One of those items was an accessory that would turn your iPhone into a universal remote to control your living room entertainment center. Imagine our delight when ThinkFlood told us that its iPhone app “RedEye” would do exactly that.
Wired, December 2, 2009 (read more)
ThinkFlood Answers Our Prayers and Unleashes RedEye: Universal Remote for the iPhone. It’s as though He came down and said to MobileCrunch: “Ask and you shall receive.” We asked for this device just under a month ago and whoopee — ThinkFlood has delivered.
CrunchGear, December 1, 2009 (read more)
A relatively new company, ThinkFlood, is releasing the RedEye system, which will be the first universal remote for the iPhone. As of press time, the app was not yet available in the iTunes App store but I had to include it in my roundup.
Home Theater Design, November 28, 2009 (read more)
Product of the Year – The RedEye Remote Control System: This is a fantastic product, that not only saves clutter and makes your life more organized, it eliminates all those batteries from your remote controls. No more hunting for another set of AA batteries in the middle of the Super Bowl. If they can only make it control my garage door opener, I’ll be in heaven! But for now I can live with two remotes.
TONEAudio Magazine, November 1, 2009 (read more)
Say hello to the King of Remotes: I’ve been eyeing one of those $300 universal remotes for years now, but at the back of my mind kept thinking about the marriage of the iPhone/iPod Touch and all of my other devices around the house. You can have the RedEye for $188. The future is here, it’s cool and affordable. Most of all, it’s straightforward to use. Those needing an extra rationalization to buy the latest cool thing, here’s a point to ponder: If you have about seven remote controls lying about, that’s at least 14 AAA batteries you are throwing in the garbage once or twice a year. (Maybe more, if you are a mega channel surfer.) If you are buying Duracells in a four pack at Walgreens, the RedEye will pay for itself in two years and that’s about 50 icky batteries you haven’t dumped in the garbage can. See, now you’re an environmentalist and an economist; how cool is that?
TONEAudio Magazine, September 1, 2009 (read more)
The connected home is one step closer to reality with the introduction of the first available iPhone universal remote control, released today in a public beta version from ThinkFlood.
Hidden Wires, June 30, 2009 (read more)
It’s been a week since Apple released the newest version of its iPhone, and already New England developers are eyeing opportunity for new software applications and some hardware too. You’ve also got a profile of a Waltham startup called ThinkFlood that is developing a hardware component. That’s right; ThinkFlood has a device that will actually turn you iPhone or iPod touch into, essentially, a universal remote control.
NECN, June 26, 2009 (watch more)
While other home appliances can be manipulated through an infrared signal, a garage door opener still requires a radio signal, and many home heating and cooling devices need either an extensive database of codes or pricey automation peripherals. Eager says he and Shapiro likely won’t be able to turn iPhones into an all-access pass — but he foresees a day when wireless technology makes it easy to live like the Jetsons without mortgaging your future.
MainStreet.com, June 24, 2009 (read more)
For Waltham-based ThinkFlood Inc., the key to succeeding in the iPhone market involves developing both software and hardware. The company is about to launch its RedEye device, which will turn any iPhone or iPod Touch into a universal remote control. “The iPhone has wi-fi so it can communicate with a bunch of devices but doesn’t have an infrared output to control older devices,” said ThinkFlood president Matthew Eagar.
Mass High Tech, June 24, 2009 (read more)
I absolutely love the idea of using an iPhone as a remote control. It’s also pretty nice that you can use it to charge your iPhone as well. There no longer any need to look for a missing remote control. People will sit there and spend hundreds of dollars for a fancy remote control. Why do that when you can use something you carry with you everyday? That’s the genius behind the RedEye. The other thing to note is that the RedEye is pretty stylish looking too. That means it won’t be an eye sore on a table. If you’ve been wanting to do yet one more than with your iPhone then the RedEye is for you.
Geek.com, June 11, 2009 (read more)
Matthew Eagar, president and co-founder of ThinkFlood in Waltham, Massachusetts, and partner Adam Shapiro have been beta testing their RedEye remote control for much of the past year. The device is a docking station that communicates with the iPhone via a WiFi-powered app and sends out infrared signals to flip through channels, turn up the volume or stop your Blu-ray disc just as Tony Montana introduces his little friend.
TheStreet.com, June 10, 2009 (read more)
The great thing about the Apple iPhone is that it’s a powerful miniature computer, with a screen that can be retasked to look like almost anything and do almost any job; it can switch in a moment from being a scientific calculator to simulating an airplane cockpit to acting like the slide of a trombone. One obvious way to employ such a versatile information device would be to turn it into a universal remote control for home appliances. There’s only one problem — the iPhone doesn’t have an infrared port, so it can’t communicate in the only language known to most home appliances, including TVs, DVRs, stereo systems, and cable boxes. A Waltham, MA, startup called ThinkFlood has set out to correct that flaw.
Xconomy Boston, June 3, 2009 (read more)
Savoring iPhone’s remote possibility: Converting your iPhone into a universal remote control? There’s an app for that. Waltham-based hardware and software start-up ThinkFlood yesterday announced the launch of RedEye, a system that allows iPhone owners to use their smartphones to control TVs, DVD players and just about any other device that can be operated with a remote.
Cape Cod Times, June 2, 2009 (read more)
ThinkFlood has introduced its new RedEye Universal Remote Control peripheral for the iPhone and iPod touch. The RedEye is a small IR transmitter box featuring Wi-Fi and a built-in Dock for charging an iPhone, iPhone 3G, or iPod touch. Users download the RedEye software application (currently in public beta) to their device and connect to the RedEye transmitter box via Wi-Fi. The application then allows the user to control nearly any IR-sensing home entertainment equipment directly from the application.
iLounge, June 2, 2009 (read more)
The RedEye hub is capable of communicating simultaneously with multiple iPhone and iPod touch devices, and doubles as a charger with its built-in dock connector. Users can customize the application screen layouts, or download new features from the App Store as they become available.
MacNN, June 2, 2009 (read more)
Want to transform your iPhone or iPod touch and make them even more versatile by also functioning as universal remote controls for TVs, DVRs, and game systems? Waltham-based ThinkFlood claims it can help the owners of such devices to do just that. The company said today that it is releasing a public beta version of a system called RedEye that it says will make the iPhone even more useful.
The Boston Globe, June 2, 2009 (read more)
The ThinkFlood RedEye Universal Remote Control peripheral that will cater for both the iPhone and iPod touch is pretty nifty — it comprises of a tiny IR transmitter box that boasts Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as an integrated dock to juice up your iPhone, iPhone 3G or iPod touch.
Ubergizmo, June 2, 2009 (read more)