Logitech Introduces The Harmony Ultimate and Harmony Smart Control

Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 07:30 AM PDT by
Harmony Ultimate and Harmony Smart Control

Both models come with the Harmony hub and may be the last Logitech Harmony Models.

Even as Logitech continues in its intention to sell the Harmony division, the company is introducing two top-of-the-line models.

At the core of the two new models is really the Harmony Hub. This separate unit resides with the user's home theater, granting controls from across the home, compatibility with rogue Bluetooth options such as game consoles, and smartphone control. The Logitech smartphone app is available for iOS and Android.

The Harmony Smart Control is really a wireless or Wi-Fi extension of the Harmony Hub and is priced at $129.99. The remote is simple and leaves the complex controls in the hands of connected smartphones. In concept, the power user relies on smartphone control while leaving the simple remote for the more casual users.

The Harmony Ultimate adds a 2.4" color touchscreen and is billed as "the most fully featured" Harmony product to date. The Harmony Ultimate can even control Philips Hue LED light bulbs through Wi-Fi. The touchscreen interface uses swipes and haptic feedback to train the user to control up to 15 devices without having to even look at the screen. The remote can detect when it is moved and illuminate its screen for the user. The remote has specifically been designed for two different hand positions with the casual channel-flipping spot at the bottom and the more in-depth operations suitable for the upper grip. The Harmony Ultimate is priced at $349.99.

Both models should be available later this month.

Source: The Verge

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