By Ashish Arora // Vice President and General Manager, Digital Home Group on November 24, 2010
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Developers, and people who know and love every detail of Logitech Harmony Remotes, may find the fact that Logitech Revue has Harmony Link inside interesting. But what does that mean to the rest of us?
Logitech Harmony® Link is an IR translator that uses the Logitech Harmony device library to look up how to control your home entertainment devices.
This means that Logitech Revue can receive commands – through Wi-Fi, a software app or from a remote – and can (through Harmony Link) send out commands to other devices that understand IR (which is almost anything that uses a remote control, such as TVs and receivers).
The reason Harmony Link is built into the Revue is so when you click on a show, a favorite or a command while using Google TV, the Logitech Revue can change stations and send the necessary controls to the other devices automatically – all from one controller.
Logitech Keyboard Controller
We knew it was critical to make the Logitech Revue and included Keyboard Controller function as one seamless system to be a great experience. The Keyboard Controller has controls for your HDTV, AV receiver and cable or satellite set-top box. So you can manually turn them on and off separately and use relevant, basic commands, like volume and channel.
But the Keyboard Controller itself is not Harmony: there is no one-touch activity for “Watch Google TV”.
Why? We quickly understood that a Keyboard Controller, although the most intuitive way for most people to search, is not going to replace the remote control in anyone’s living room.
The Logitech Mini Controller (sold separately from Revue) functions in the same way – with separate power, volume and channel changing, and no one-touch activity.
Logitech Harmony App for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android devices
If you’ve used a Harmony remote before, you’re used to more powerful control. With that in mind, we developed a software based controller for the handheld screen we knew a lot of you already had—your smartphone. A free download allows your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Android device to use the Harmony Link inside the Revue companion box. This means you can search, navigate and have basic control on your personal device, but you also have a “Watch Google TV” activity available.
The Logitech Harmony® App only works when your entertainment system has Harmony Link—which is only available inside Logitech Revue.
While our first priority was getting you the ideal Google TV experience, we’ve heard from Harmony fans that getting additional activities was something you want right away. We’re in development on the capability to add multiple activities.