You're sitting on the couch watching TV. You likely have two or three remotes around and can never find the right one when you need it -- if you can find it all, for that matter. But what about your phone? You know where that is at all times right? Griffin and Dijit are counting on that awareness of knowing where your phone is at all times to make your TV viewing experience a whole lot better as they've announced Beacon for Android.
Beacon works by converting Bluetooth signals from smartphones and tablets into infrared signals required to control consumer electronics devices. Beacon gives users complete control over TVs, DVRs, stereos and other home entertainment devices, but with the flexibility of a touchscreen interface.
The wireless system runs on 4AA batteries and once paired up via Bluetooth with your device, you'll be able to control all those electronics via your smartphone or tablet. Couple that with the Dijit application that offers access to tv episode details, upcoming schedules, and cast & crew info and you've got a pretty rocking home entertainment setup. The Beacon system is shipping now for $70 and the Dijit app is available in the Android Market -- if you're look for more information you can check out the source link or view the press-release past the break.
Griffin and Dijit Announce Android-Compatible Beacon Universal Remote Control System
New Beacon transforms Android phones and tablets into easy-to-use, never-lost remotes for home entertainment centers
Nashville, Tenn. / San Francisco, Ca. – November 8, 2011 – Griffin Technology Inc., one of the world’s foremost creators of innovations for everyday life, and Dijit Media, a San Francisco-based software company whose Universal Remote and TV Show Guide App software integrates consumers’ media viewing experience with their smart devices, have announced a new Android-only version of the Beacon™ Universal Remote Control System. The wireless AV controller pairs with Android devices via Bluetooth and works with Dijit’s free Universal Remote App enabling complete control over the entire home entertainment system directly from the Android interface.
“With the proliferation of new Android-based phones being announced each week, Beacon for Android was a natural progression for us,” said Mark Rowan, President of Griffin Technology. “We look forward to bringing the most powerful and easiest-to-use remote control to the Android user base.”
Beacon works by converting Bluetooth signals from smartphones and tablets into infrared signals required to control consumer electronics devices. Beacon gives users complete control over TVs, DVRs, stereos and other home entertainment devices, but with the flexibility of a touchscreen interface. Best of all, it’s a remote that they’ll never lose in the couch again.
“Android now has a huge following, and we are really excited about bringing our remote control and tv show listings app to the Android Market,” said Maksim Ioffe, Founder and CEO of Dijit Media. “Our mission is to create the greatest ‘second screen’ entertainment platform, and Android compatibility brings us one step closer to helping millions of people get a little bit more out of their TV experience.”
Beacon is powered by 4 AA batteries. Set-up is quick and easy: there are no bulky cases or dongles, no wires or cables. Just pair via Bluetooth and download the free Dijit app for Android, which now boasts compatibility with tablets and smartphones running Android OS 2.3.3 or greater.
Features of the Dijit app for Android include:
- Tablet Interface: transforms your tablet into a powerful home entertainment console.
- Consumer Electronics Support: Beacon is compatible with more than 200,000 devices
- Search and Discover TV Shows: browse by time/date, search, discover new shows, and watch with just a tap using the Guide.
- Rich TV Show Listings: access tv episode details, upcoming schedules, and Cast & Crew info
Beacon for Android, $69.99, is now shipping and available at www.BestBuy.com and on http://www.griffintechnology.com/beacon-android. Dijit’s Universal Remote App, a free download, can be found on the Android Market. To learn more visit www.griffintechnology.com/beacon and watch the video of Beacon in action.
About Griffin Technology
Founded on Paul Griffin’s kitchen table in 1992, Griffin Technology Inc., is today one of the world’s foremost creators of accessories for home, mobile and personal technology. Unique products such as iTrip®, PowerMate®, iFM®, iMic® and Evolve® Wireless Speaker System have broken new ground in consumer electronics and created loyal fans the world over. Today, Griffin products are conceived, designed and developed in-house, and continue to push the envelope of the industry they helped create. Learn more about Griffin’s entire range of ingenious designs at www.griffintechnology.com. Follow Griffin Technology on www.facebook.com/griffintech and on Twitter, @griffintech.
About Dijit Media
Dijit Media is creating the ultimate second screen experience for watching TV. The company’s first product, the Dijit Universal Remote and TV Show Guide App is available for iOS and Android devices, and transforms smartphones and tablets into easy-to-use personalized remote controls and TV program listings. The App also enables Social TV features, integrated program search, filtering, and discovery, as well as lookups from Netflix, Wikipedia and YouTube, and more coming soon. Dijit Media is a San Francisco-based venture-backed startup, and the App is now available for download at www.dijit.com.