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Home automation of any kind is a pretty tough market in which many products generally create more problems than they can solve. However, there are a rare few gadgets that don't aim too high or too low, and the results can be profoundly useful to the right customers. A new campaign on Kickstarter might just be primed to hit that sweet spot with a product called AnyMote, a remote-controlled universal remote. It aims to put your phone in charge of just about anything with an IR receiver, and even several Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices (as support is added).

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The project was initiated by a fairly well-known developer, Color Tiger, the creator of Smart IR Remote. Building upon that experience, AnyMote is meant to work around the limitations of using an integrated IR transmitter on some phones. It's designed to be completely wireless, operating just on a pair of AA batteries that should last for about a year. Thanks to this freedom, it can be hidden just about anywhere as long as it has line-of-sight to anything it's meant to talk to. Communication between AnyMote and your phone or tablet takes place over Bluetooth 4.0, which may still leave out many older devices, but supports anything fairly modern.

This is far from the first time we've seen attempts to build a partially-automated IR blaster, but many of the previous attempts have left customers disappointed by a lackluster software experience. If you're already acquainted with Smart IR Remote, the same app is used to control AnyMote. It currently holds a 4.6 star rating from over 9,000 users, so you know quite a few people are already happy with it. In addition to the existing Tasker integration, there are also plans to add support for Android Wear, IFTTT, Google Now, and other hardware and services that can be further used to customize your experience. There is also an SDK in the works so developers can control AnyMote in other creative ways.

The campaign timeline and goals appear very realistic. The team has already spent a year developing the hardware and says that the prototypes are already in regular use and ready to go into production. If the project is funded by mid-October (45 days from now), shipments are expected to follow 7 months later in May. Seeing as how the pledge total has already hit $16k of its $50k target after just a few hours, it's pretty likely that this one will go through.

There are a few different options to back AnyMote, but the early bird pricing is disappearing fast. Additionally, backers that pledge $20 or more will also receive plans and source code to build an AnyMote using an Arduino board, just in case you can't wait to get your hands on the final product. Hit the widget below to check out all of the deets!

[Kickstarter]

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • lulz_deliver

    Kickstarter.. luckil they will send them to the pledgers 1 or 2 years later.

    • MJ

      Yes, every Kickstarter campaign turns out that way... You either have no experience with crowd funding or are really bad at picking winners.

    • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

      If they send them at all...

  • http://franklinc.ca/ Franklin

    I thought the $7 was a bit high at first however it is by far the best ir remote app out there. Well worth the money.

  • velogiraptor

    How is this different from the Logitech Harmony remotes with hubs?

    • http://www.maverickcreative.ca/ Joshua Richards

      Better UI (though not perfect either) and lower cost ($50 vs $100).

    • andy_o

      I got the Harmony hub with the remote, and find myself using the remote only. It doesn't help that the app's UI sucks, but also the remote itself is nice, with good placement of the main buttons. Tactile feedback is great when you're watching something and don't want to have to turn on and unlock your phone to do simple things like adjusting volume or pausing.

      Got it hooked to a Pioneer receiver, HTPC (w/ USB IR Media Center receiver), PS3 and a Pioneer monitor. Works very well, except that the hub sometimes crashes and I have to unplug/plug it. The crashes started happening fairly recently though, may be a firmware thing.

      The hub connects to Wifi though, and needs to be plugged in to a USB power source. This thing seems nice in that it's only a low power BT connection, so it can be totally wireless.

    • Joel

      I have a Harmony one... the app is terrible. I use it mostly just to access the expanded buttons list, or to turn of my PS3, since the hub still can't seem to turn it off before the TV during an activity shut down.

  • andy_o

    Color Tiger sounded familiar. They are the ones that had one of the first the App Ops app and a paid version, App Ops X, which shortly after they completely abandoned, and the premium features can no longer be activated. Not sure if I'd crowdfund people with an attention span of a squirrel.

    • Sergiu Dogaru

      We had to remove App Ops X because it started breaking Google's rules. Guess what, 2 weeks after we unpublished it, Google suspended it anyway.
      Have you emailed us for a refund ? We've always honored all refund request, as long as Google still allowed us to refund (usually within 6 months, sometimes 8)

      • andy_o

        not necessary, but thanks for the explanation.

      • Damodara das

        I'm surprised that this typo made it to the homepage on your website...

        • Sergiu Dogaru

          oh.. thanks for that!

  • anmolm97

    I wish I had IR in my Nexus 5.

    • Taylor Abrahamson

      This is the one thing I am missing after switching from an S4 to Nexus 5 :(

  • Ruben Moreno Jr

    haha why are there Macs on this video???? wheres the unlike button here?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      For one, the developer is working on an iOS version of the app so iPhone users aren't left out of AnyMote.

      And... Are you aware that a pretty significant number of Android developers use Macs?

  • Brad

    wonder if this would integrate with my air conditioner... it uses IR on its remote...

    • DanSan

      Yes it will. The app will already be able to control it. use to control my in window AC with my phone before I moved to central air.

    • Justin

      Even if your AC model isn't supported directly, the app has learning capabilities for phones that support IR, I assume the hub will support the same learning capabilities.

      • Sergiu Dogaru

        Yes it will :)

  • CasperTFG

    Jason likes to drink a lot.

  • Elislurry

    Sweet, I was just looking for a solution like this but everything I could find got terrible reviews. Hopefully this works out, I am in for one.

  • gizak

    In for 3. I rarely pledge for anything on these startup sites, but I've used the Smart IR Remote app for over a year and it's design, functionality, and timely updates have made it one of my most useful purchases. I have confidence that this will be just as good as their app, especially with the great team line-up. Now I can cross off IR blaster on my next phone upgrade (and can use any tablet)... just need to play the waiting game.

  • mark boyle

    i was just thinking of this idea last night. This is truly whats missing from my life. I want to turn on my a/c with my smartphone when im 10 minutes away from home.

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