September 10, 2011. Roomie Control, a Silicon Valley company announced on Sept. 8, 2011, its new roomie control app which introduces the ability to detect many home theater components automatically without additional hardware and create configurations entirely on an iOS device including the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. The Roomie works with the following devices:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.2 or later
* 37.4 MB
* Global Cache WIFI2IR
Pricing and Availability:
Roomie Remote is $9.99 (USD) on the App Store in the Lifestyle category. Roomie starts with support for basic theaters with 1 room and 2 devices. Upgrades to unlimited devices and unlimited rooms are available via the Home Theater Pack In App Purchase for $19.99. Upgrades to support infrared adapters are available via the Infrared Control Pack In App Purchase for $5.99.
As the IPad, IPhone, IPod devices only has WIFI, and no IR infrared capability, an IR blaster such as the Global Cache WF2IR will be required to run this app.
Roomie Remote at $9.99 only control IP devices. You will need to purchase $5.99 for the Infrared Control Pack, and $19.99 for the Home theatre pack – altogether $36.00 for the bundle. Global Cache WF2IR costs another $100.00, which adds up to $136.00.
TouchSquid Universal Remote Control App for Androids is available at the Amazon Kindle market or at the Google Market Access. Test drive a free demo to check the compatibility of your devices. A full version costs $29.00 and a TS Capture code app costs $9.99.
Both Apps mentioned above will require an external IR blaster. You will need one IR blaster for each station setup. If you have several multi-media rooms, you may consider a dedicated IR tablet like the TouchSquid which allows for unlimited profile setup. Touchsquid TV Remote Control Tablet comes with a built-in Infrared Blaster, and built-in TV remote control app, a clean and tidy solution at $399.00.