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GEAR4 Takes Control With New UnityRemote™

Now available for U.S. purchase, UnityRemote device gives iPhone/iPod/iPad users universal control


EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GEAR4 (www.GEAR4.com), a UK iPod and iPhone audio brand and case manufacturer with an emphasis on design, today announces the U.S. availability of UnityRemote. Now available through Amazon, the UnityRemote device turns any iPhone, iPod touch or iPad into a universal remote control

"Excitement for UnityRemote has been building and we're looking forward to having consumers start using it in their homes"

Designed to make controlling multi-media devices simple, the universal UnityRemote from GEAR4 enables users to control everything from TVs to Hi-Fis, Blu-Ray players to digital TV boxes – anything that has an infrared receiver – using one single device.

"Excitement for UnityRemote has been building and we're looking forward to having consumers start using it in their homes," said Tom Dudderidge, CEO of GEAR4. "People are already so comfortable and familiar with their iDevices, it will be a huge convenience to use it as a remote as well."

UnityRemote works with two parts – an app, which is downloaded for free from the Apple App Store, and a small device that can be placed anywhere in the room. The UnityRemote device receives a Bluetooth® signal from the Apple device, and then sends an infrared command in 360 degrees via five infrared transmitters to the device to be controlled.

After launching the app, users simply select the device to be controlled from a long list of manufacturers – many that you've heard of, and even some you haven't. If, for some reason, the device to control is not listed, UnityRemote can easily 'learn' how to control the device.

Users can also set up 'actions' for UnityRemote to control multiple devices simultaneously. With one touch, users can turn on their TV, DVD player, digital TV box and their home cinema sound system. The remote layout can also be adjusted so that one remote layout has the buttons for multiple devices on the same screen, like 'play' from the DVD player and volumes for the surround system. There's nothing to plug in to the iPhone and nothing to search for with UnityRemote. Simply enter the room and begin using your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad as a remote control.

UnityRemote is compatible with iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4; iPod touch 2G, 3G and iPad. It is available now through Amazon.com for $99. To learn more, visit www.GEAR4.com.


About GEAR4

Disruptive Ltd. is the owner and manufacturer of the GEAR4 brand, the UK's leading iPod, iPhone and iPad audio brand. Founded in 2004, the company is privately owned and operated, with its head office in High Wycombe, UK.

Posted by Shane Sturgeon, December 23, 2010 6:57 PM

About Shane Sturgeon

Shane Sturgeon is the Co-Publisher and Chief Technologist of HDTV Magazine, an industry publication with HDTV roots going back to 1984, when Dale Cripps founded The HDTV Newsletter. Today, HDTV Magazine is a leading online resource for HDTV news and information and captures the eyes and imaginations of over 3 million visitors annually. Mr. Sturgeon has a background in information technology and has served in various consulting capacities for Fortune 500 companies such as J.P. Morgan Chase, Verizon Communications, Proctor & Gamble and Nationwide Insurance. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Wright State University.