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How many times have you been sitting around watching the tube and reached down for the remote, grabbing your phone instead? Or grabbed the wrong remote? Or lost the remote? These scenarios could go on all day long, but what if you could put a stop to the remote madness altogether?

A new device from Griffin and Dijit Media called Beacon looks to do just that by turning your Android phone or tablet into a fully-functional remote control. It's actually a simple little gadget that communicates with your Android over Bluetooth. It converts that Bluetooth transmission to IR and transmits it to your TV, Blu Ray player, stereo, etc.

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The software side is powered by an app created by Dijit Media that provides the remote control interface. Point. Tap. Watch. Done.

How much will this set you back? Not as much as you'd think, actually -- the Beacon is available now for $69.99 from Best Buy or directly from Griffin.

The Beacon for iOS will not work with Android and the Dijit app.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Joshua

    Strong competitor to the Logitech Harmony Link. Especially since it's tablet optimized. I'll definitely be picking one of these up, if it has "function" capabilities, i.e. one button to do everything.

  • Joshua

    > Sidebar, the griffin link goes to a 404

    • Cameron Summerson

      Sorry 'bout that. Fixed.

  • timbck2

    I also wonder if the Beacon has an "activities" function like the Logitech Harmony Link (hit one button to turn on your TV, Blu-Ray player, and stereo all at once to watch a movie, for example).

  • ZRod

    I don't see a huge advantage over my Logitech Revue besides a more polished app for phones and tablets. I was going to buy this but they took too long to get it to Android and Google/Logitech took less long to announce the Honeycomb update.

    • ZRod

      I must add the UI is excellent looking and if I had the money to spare I'd buy it now

  • Andy in Indy

    The Beacon supposedly has an "integrated learning feature". That sounds like it will be able to learn new remotes. Does that mean I'll be able to use it to control my Air Hogs helicopters?

  • Edd

    About time! Will order soon (in UK)

  • Finaldeath

    Might give this app a go with my Sony Tablet S and see if it works since the built in app from Sony blows.

  • yelrx8

    Still does not solve my 3 remote TV viewing challenge:
    I have TV with WMC HTPC attached.
    I need the TV's IR remote for main TV volume control. An IR remote for WMC only on the HTPC. And a lenovo RF mini-keyboard to control non-WMC functions on the HTPC.

    And yes, I realize this is a self-inflicted painful tv viewing setup.

  • Kevin

    Hmm, I may be interested if this will work with my HK a/v receiver. Bought it used without a remote and it's a pain to get up to adjust the volume.

  • Al McDowall

    I will definitely be looking into this. What I really want is a reasonable degree of learning and customisation options.

    Currently I have a bog standard One4All remote which I have programmed to allow me to control my TV, Satellite, Media Viewer and Amp all without changing device on the remote. I don't NEED to be able to do it from my phone, but I would seriously love it if I could!

  • JC

    Android device makers should just add an IR port. Or maybe a cheap IR extension device. Seriously, my Palm Zire from almost 10 years ago could do this at no extra cost!

  • John

    Uh-Overpriced much?
    See what woot.com has today for the other side.