iPod or iPhone Media Remote Control

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    A new patent application describes the possibility of the use of an iPod or iPhone as a media remote control for a home entertainment system.
    Unique to the devices would be the ability to transfer digital media file metadata - such as song title, author, etc. associated with the music or video.

    The patent application was filed in 2005, so represents technology that Apple was working on a couple of years ago.

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  2. 4np macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2005
    The Netherlands
    Sounds like a WiFi iPod? iPhone like / OS X iPodsindeed on their way?
  3. quigleybc macrumors 68030


    Jun 17, 2005
    Beautiful Vancouver British Columbia, Canada
    an Ipod / remote control..

    not bad

    just add wi fi, touch screen and all the other goodies of the iPhone minus the phone carrier and it''ll be perfect!
  4. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    This just sounds like salling clicker for the iPod/iPhone.
  5. Gymnut macrumors 68000


    Apr 18, 2003
    Just release something resembling an iPod already. At this point I'd buy one if all it did was play music, video, and opened the garage door.
  6. ToddW macrumors 6502a

    Feb 26, 2004
    opening the garage door, now that is genius!
  7. Yankees 4 Life macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2007
    College Station, Tx
    they wont make it full wi-fi man, get ready to be disappointed. they will make it to share songs over the wi-fi network and probably put an infrared beam in it.
  8. davevad macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2007
    iPhone + appleTV

    Would love to see the iPhone and :apple:TV hook up. Really like the idea of being able to read things like show details on the phone, while still watching the selected content on the big screen. Could really add some flair to that 10 foot interface.
  9. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Assuming it would be Wifi and not Bluetooth it would actually work more than 30 ft. (more like 10 ft. in reality) from the unit, like at the other end of the house.
  10. dongmin macrumors 68000


    Jan 3, 2002

    Apple is definitely thinking WI-FI, although the patent doesn't necessarily rule out Bluetooth/IR. The biggest desire seems to be to control a media "server", i.e. a Mac, that's streaming to your home stereo/TV.
  11. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    Salling clicker is already wifi capable. It is pretty good to use with airtunes.
  12. Yankees 4 Life macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2007
    College Station, Tx
    this would sound very nice, but how would the adapter for the television work?
  13. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    I was thinking that as I was typing it. I use it through Bluetooth on my phone ... well I would if it worked farther away from the unit. Instead, I just lug my 12" PB around and stream it to my receiver using AirTunes (love it).
  14. Hairball macrumors regular


    Jan 5, 2007
    Near an Apple device
    I don't need a remote. A widescreen iPod is all I need:eek:.
  15. ajhill macrumors 6502

    May 2, 2007
    A widescreen iPod is certainty before Christmas. :)

    So if they put in a remote for the upcoming HD movie rentable Apple Tv devices that would just be a bonus. A universal remote type capability would definitely be a bonus for a widescreen iPod. With OSX on there the possibilities could be endless.
  16. davidmyers Guest

    Sort of interesting.

    Slowly but surely Apple wants to control all your media centers in your house,
    and they aren't doing too badly. I am sort of surprised that technology
    has taken this long to produce this much confused hardware in the world,
    but that's just the way it is I guess.

    I'd be very much in favor of an all-in-one item which is a vid-recorder to disk,
    has a advanced dvd (bluray or whatever it turns out to be) slot too,
    serves as an airport express, and has an on-screen tv-menu for ordering
    off itunes. Honestly you could get darn close to not even needing to
    screw around with a cable company at all if they pulled it off. Then
    the ipod/phone is the keyboard when it needs to be, and synchs with
    the drive of this new device seamlessly. I don't
    see why such a thing wouldn't be available within the next three years.
    The only trainwreck is if the DRM folks just can't handle some aspects of it.
    Increasingly things are slowed down by this, I fear. Witness the internet
    radio stream-ripping issue.
  17. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    What I would find doubly cool is if you could stream your tunes from the iPod/iPhone to iTunes (or an AE) and then to a receiver so that you wouldn't have to have your tunes on your computer.
  18. davidmyers Guest

    Furthermore, if you *do* want them to be in both places, they're trying
    to make things as painless as possible.

    I think Apple's other patent application is just as telling as this one: they
    are creating a system for synching your whole user folder. This is why
    having iphone (and soon ipod too I expect) run osx is so critical (among
    other reasons **)... if user folder architecture is fairly standardized,
    then you can carry your life with you to home computer, work computer,
    laptop, set-top-box drive, and ipod/phone and have the synch software do
    "the right thing" at all locations. Making this something other than a pain
    in the rear would be very apple-like. Then users who want to run tunes
    in whatever place they feel like can run them to the stereo however suits
    them. And the way itunes is made, you could, if you wanted, just keep
    song metadata and point to the real library on some other mounted device in
    the wireless network. The possibilities are wide.

    ** another reason includes thwarting any competition over what
    is the ideal mobile os platform...... if apple wants to lead like a banshee here,
    they gotta open up the iphone architecture all the way, though, eventually
  19. trex macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2006
    Sonos, Salling Clicker, and Telekinesis

    Sonos (http://www.sonos.com/) already makes a wireless audio system similar to how I hope an iPod could control a media server to deliver content to a stereo or TV. The nice thing about Sonos' product in contrast to using just a simple iTunes remote (like Salling Clicker) is that there is true multi-zone support. Multiple audio sources can be streamed simultaneously, and each source can stream to multiple destinations.

    It would be cool to browse music from a media server on an iPod/iPhone using the standard iTunes interface with Cover Flow and everything. With the improved support for connecting to remote volumes in Leopard, I wonder if this functionality will coincide with Leopard's release.

    I noticed the other day a cool project called Telekinesis (http://code.google.com/p/telekinesis/) that enables the iPhone to function as an iTunes remote since the iPhone can't run apps like Salling Clicker.
  20. EagerDragon macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2006
    MA, USA
    Have it operate the lights in the driveway, the lock on the door, the house alarm, and give the dog an electric shock if it chews the newspaper or pees on the floor.

    OSX iPod and iPhone would likely then have part of iTunes client UI to navegate and make a selection of what to play.
  21. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Excellent. I hadn't thought of it that way. Sounds like Apple is slowly but surely taking over the media serving industry. ... I'd love to look at their roadmap.
  22. stompy macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2002
    Has anyone used the latest remote buddy on their iPhone? It would be nice to hear some first hand comments.
  23. dicklacara macrumors 6502a


    Jul 29, 2004
    SF Bay Area
    Universal Remote

    There are Universal Remotes out there that cost more than an 8 Gig iPhone.

    You can google and see... here's one example: link

    So, there is price precedent for devices in the iPod - iPhone range.

    I would like to see the iPhone evolve to include truly Universal remote control capability:

    1) add programmable IR capability to the iPhone so it can control Apple TV as well as TV, Stereos, etc.

    2) add power-line interfaces to apple's plugged-in devices (Computers, Apple TV, iPod Hi-Fi, iPod/iPhone Chargers/Adapters/Docks, etc.). These devices could be part of a power-line network where all devices are monitored and controlled, and intelligent devices can perform the Monitor & Control functions.

    3) Offer a new product a mass storage (media) server

    The iPhone in your hand could display a custom keyboard for each specific task:

    -- channel surfing (volume u/d channel u/d, num key pad)

    -- programmable channel switching (Football game 1, Football game 2, etc., volume u/d

    -- control of apple TV with on-screen coverflow (iPhone, TV either or both)

    -- control of various home theatre components (stereo, speakers, equalizer)

    -- control of home security system & monitors

    -- control of appliances (Air, Furnace, etc.)

    -- surf the TV program guide and schedule PVR recording/playback

    -- Purchase & download movies/songs from ITMS

    The iPhone could do the same thing for any/all zones/devices you care to set up in your home.

    When you are away, you can do all of this from across the world via the iPhone's WiFi/Edge connection.

    The Telekenesis iPhone Remote provides proof of concept of much of the above:

    While writing this I used my iPhone to send a signal over the internet to my home computer to:

    1) Take a picture with the iSight (or other cam) and send it to the iPhone.

    2) Control iTunes (volume, select, play/stop, equalizer, etc.) from the iPhone. I couldn't hear the iTunes thru the iPhone, but because I was sitting in front of the Mac, I can tell you that the response to the iPhone Remote is amazing.

    3) On the iPhone, display the Mac's desktop and open windows, run apps, logon to web sites... and see this all on the iPhone's screen (over the Internet)
  24. EagerDragon macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2006
    MA, USA
    If you cary a lot of info with you in a device with a radio and or it is lost, Joe Hacker has a lot of your data. Better implement encryption first.
  25. AidenShaw macrumors P6


    Feb 8, 2003
    The Peninsula

    Windows Mobile has a builtin IrDA remote control application, or you can get third party applications like Rudeo (http://www.rudeo.com/wmp.htm) that already do most or all of this - including the garage door, locks, lights.

    Haven't seen the "dog zapper module" yet though, but if it's Z-Wave or X10 it would work!

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