Okay I have been waiting for something like this for ages. I was just sifting through the press releases from WES and ran into this one head on. Turns out Unify4Life has a box that lets you control your home theater and media from your Berry. I can’t wait! The main downer is that their product will not be available in stores until October 1 2008 from what I can tell. The cool part is that the communication is done OTA from a BlackBerry application to their box. No Bluetooth. Also home control will be coming soon.
I highly recommend checking out their website at www.unify4life.com
From the press release:
The Unify4Life solution enables BlackBerry smartphone users to fully manage their home entertainment environment, including home theaters, radio receivers, stereo gateways and televisions. Access to TV listings are available to users via a searchable program guide that they can seamlessly navigate to find their favorite shows and program their evening’s entertainment.
The Unify4Life communications server simply plugs into a central location in the home and is easily programmed to communicate with various selected devices. Once users download the application to their BlackBerry smartphone, they can immediately begin to send commands wirelessly to their programmed home devices.
According to Paul Tennyson, President of Unify4Life, “We’re creating ways to expand the world for BlackBerry users. Unify4Life’s application gives users ultimate control over a wide range of devices in their home and creates a user experience that will change the way BlackBerry fits into people’s everyday lives.”
Control Lights, Thermostats and More
Unify4Life stands at the forefront of the “universal remote” market as they plan for their software to ultimately provide users with control of their entire home environment. Additions will include remote activation of lighting, thermostats, intercoms and other home electronics.