• Logitech Unveils the Apple TV Compatible Harmony Smart Keyboard

    Logitech recently took the wraps off the latest addition to its Harmony intelligent remote control lineup: a Bluetooth-enabled keyboard with integrated touchpad, compatible with a plethora of living room devices, including the Apple TV. The company says the keyboard is designed as a way to speed up text entry and navigation on set-top box devices, thought he peripheral also features dedicated buttons for media controls like play and pause. Consumers who connect a Mac to their television can also make use of the integrated touchpad in lieu of a separate mouse or Magic Trackpad.

    Logitech marketing executive Chad Thompson said the following in a release:

    Internet-connected and streaming-media devices seem to deliver limitless entertainment options, however their accompanying remotes struggle to keep up with the text entry needed to search for selections. Our goal with the Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard is to unite Logitech's expertise in both universal remotes and keyboards to provide a fast and simple way to search for and navigate through the vast content options available through the living room's entertainment devices.
    According to Logitech, the Harmony Smart Keyboard will work with more than 225,000 home-entertainment devices from over 5,000 brands. This includes game console like Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation, for which the keyboard includes special navigation buttons.

    It should be noted that the keyboard also comes packaged with a radio frequency and infrared extender so that devices can be reached even when they are behind closed cabinet doors. Users will also be able to control devices and setup the keyboard through Logitech’s Harmony app for iOS.

    The $149.99 Harmony Smart Keyboard is available now for preorder from Logitech’s website and the company expects to start shipping later this month.

    Are any of you going to be picking it up?

    Source: Logitech
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Logitech Unveils the Apple TV Compatible Harmony Smart Keyboard started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      It's kind of like the Logitech Revue that comes with Google TV. I wonder how well it works...could be a nice addition, but I wouldn't pay that much money for it.
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      I think Apple TV will be the least likely product this keyboard would be used for. Those who have an Apple TV likely have an iDevice and can simply use the Remote app for Apple TV control and text imput (which is rarely needed) Maybe Apple will eventually give the 3rd party app support Apple TV desperately needs and then it will be much more useful.
    1. kickerman65's Avatar
      kickerman65 -
      I have the Logitech harmony link universal remote for my iphone and ipads and i dont see how i ever lived without it. It controls everything in my home from anywhere with an app run from my iphone or ipads.
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