Took off Friday and ended up spending most of the weekend trying to program remotes into Anymote. It's not bad--our phones don't have IR emitters so we got the IR blaster they (Color Tiger) just started shipping in October. It was a Kickstarter, although we got in after it has closed and pre-ordered from their website.
It was a little annoying getting it to learn remotes--in some cases it took several tries for each button to get it working and I'm still not convinced they're all correct. I didn't use the built-in remotes for the most part because usually they're missing keys and I wanted a near-complete set for each remote. I had no luck getting it to learn keys from one Denon Blu-ray remote and am having trouble with their Amazon FireTV wifi remote. So far their customer support has been very helpful.
I do love that you can lay out the keys however you want and have control over color/shape/text, etc--this is the thing I always loved about Pronto and was so disappointed about when Philips stopped selling consumer remotes back around 2010. I hear they have a new solution similar to Anymote--IR blaster with an app, but so far the app is Apple products only, so not useful to us yet. Anymote does have a big plus over the Pronto--you can edit the remotes right on your phone and don't have to run Windows for the remote editing software. Also, you can make 'smart remotes' so I can have a screen just for all device power buttons, switching, etc--I've never been all that fond of macros since they always seem to miss something and I have to go back and turn something on separately anyway. Never been fond of task remotes like Harmony for that reason, and also because I just never really liked hard-keyed universal remotes.
Hope to eventually get it hooked up to the LIFX and Hue bulbs and the Amazon Echo; and that someday they have support for the Nexus Player.
Also hooked up an iGrill mini (temperature probe) to my phone as well. Our old cheap-ass probe died last week so I ordered this. Fortunately took far less time than the remotes. Downside: no temp reading or controls on the device so you really need the phone to use it; they have a larger one with more stuff on the device but I wanted to see how this one worked out before spending more money on that. Upside: seems to work fine, other than I had to forget and reconnect the bluetooth connection to it once. It also has sharing features, although I can't figure out why you'd want to share your meat temperature with the world. #TooOldToSocial
Paul also got a Quirky Egg Minder for his birthday. Yes, there is a smart egg tray that talks to your phone. It notifies you when you're out of eggs and indicates which egg you should take out next (according to when it went in). The app shows you how the tray is currently populated. However, half the time it doesn't detect right and thinks there are far fewer eggs than are actually in it and so I know it's not telling me to take them in the right order. We're guessing maybe it's a communication issue. How do they get a signal through a fridge, anyway?
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