Today I became the proud owner of a Klikr – my friend Jonathan dropped one in for me – so, this afternoon I decided to investigate.
Here it is seen photographed next to my Samsung Gear Classic watch on my normal size hand to put it into perspective. I have the black one but there are other options.
The unit contains a Bluetooth transceiver and infra-red transmitter and receiver. The idea is simple – you can have it learn key commands to control, say, your TV (by learning existing commands) and you can control that by Bluetooth on your phone.
You might, like me say – well that's a bit pointless, I have IR remote control on your phone. You might also have a TV which you can already control remotely over the Internet. However, if you happen to have a central control system, say, a Raspberry Pi controlling the house – you COULD stick Bluetooth onto that (unless it already has it) and control a TV that otherwise has nothing but Infra-red, from anywhere in the world. The device claims to have “voice control” but in reality that is something they’ve put onto the controlling App on your phone. Still, a nice touch.
Anyway, I’m sure you can read all about it if you’re interested, they seem to cost about £25. If you’ve no other way to remotely control a gadget that responds to infra-red this might be another tool to add to your home control toolbox. I tested it, took no more than a minute to get it talking to my TV and having the Android (they do Apple) App turning things on and off. Doddle.
Oh yes, it was a Kickstarter project, it is made in China, it runs on a single CR2032 battery and will last a long time as it uses low power Bluetooth. Well, as long as you don’t sit turning stuff on and off all day with it.
While interested in this subject I did find this.. http://www.banggood.com/Broadlink-Black-Bean-Smart-Home-Wifi-Remote-IR-Controller-Universal-Appliances-Smart-Control-p-1049494.html?utm_design=18&utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=Mail_mid90_email&utm_campaign=newsletter-emarsys&utm_content=Winna&sc_src=email_2129478&sc_eh=e375077fc58ebb7d1&sc_llid=376931&sc_lid=89002665&sc_uid=sBhI5Zx9FB
At first glance looks great as it runs on WIFI and can learn infra-red controls… (as does the Anymote hardware but I could not get that to work properly AT ALL). I was about to order one of these devices when I watched an American video – the guy was praising the Black Bean board but said that while it learned his TV remote controls – on playback, nothing happened. Think I’ll wait a while on that one.