By now you’ve heard that Logitech is making a companion box to allow you to add Google TV to your HDTV. But it’s not just Google magic inside the box – after all, if you were Logitech and you had a chance to help reinvent TV, would you hold back?
I wrote a brief blog post a few weeks ago about “Harmony tech inside,” but today, I want to expand on what we’re calling Logitech Harmony Link.
What is Harmony Link? Basically, it’s the brains that allow us to take in all kinds of signals and send them out as infrared (IR) commands. If you have a device that uses a remote control, chances are that it uses IR. This means that your companion box can talk to all of your home entertainment devices because technically, anything that can take an IR signal can be controlled through Harmony Link.
There are three key reasons why Harmony Link is important. The first is that we want your Google TV experience to be as seamless as possible. When you search for something, you want to click on it and have it come up – even if that involves changing the channel on your cable or satellite set-top box or changing a setting on your AV receiver. Harmony Link lets you control your devices no matter what brand they are, allowing Google TV to seamlessly integrate with your devices and not just the content listing.
The second is the power you can have over your devices. With Harmony Link in the box, you can use the included controller to turn your devices off and on, control the volume, enter a channel number and more. As I mentioned before, the companion box will also let you use a free app for your Android phone or iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad device that can talk to Harmony Link – basically giving your personal devices the kind of control that only a remote like the Logitech Harmony 900 could give you before. Yes, a free app plus your new companion box will give you the same control over your home entertainment system as our most powerful Logitech Harmony remote.
The third reason is what we’re most excited about – and it’s the things we haven’t created yet. We’re dedicated to open platforms because we’ve seen that a large community of developers and visionaries is better at driving the future than any one company alone can invent. And the Logitech companion box will have all the possibilities of invention built right in.
Stay tuned here for more updates, or go to www.logitech.com/news/googletv.