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XBMC Gets a Dedicated Remote

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  • Excellent! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by chill (34294) on Tuesday April 05, 2011 @09:59AM (#35719898) Journal

    I've been looking at the XBMC wiki for how to program a Logitech Harmony -- or any other universal remote -- and was thinking "they have to be kidding". Modify the keyboard.xml file by hand?

    I've been using the Android app and my phone as a remote, but it is limited. This will save a bunch of headaches.

  • Meh (Score:2, Interesting)

    by hcdejong (561314) <hobbes AT xmsnet DOT nl> on Tuesday April 05, 2011 @10:06AM (#35719986)

    And another remote that tries to confine a computer UI into the classic TV remote. Granted, adding the keyboard is a nice touch, but it's still too limited.

    I've been using a mediacenter computer for a few years now. The remote control solution I use:
    - keyboard
    - mouse
    - Griffin Powermate

    1. a mouse makes for a much better pointing device than a four-way button
    2. the keyboard and VLC's configurability gives me dedicated buttons for VLC's functions, like very short jump/short jump/medium jump/long jump; crop/aspect ratio; subtitles. Much better than the buttons on this remote which are straight copies from a VCR UI.
    3. the best way to control volume is a rotary knob. The Powermate is ideal for this. I never want to go back to the incredibly annoying +/- buttons on a remote.

  • by Lumpy (12016) on Tuesday April 05, 2011 @11:39AM (#35721214) Homepage

    I really prefer my Crestron remote and system. I talk to the XBMC dedicated box via tcp/ip and get two way info so that my Touchscreen remote displays elapsed time, show info, etc....

    Glad to see that a XBMC specific remote is coming out with a keyboard on back to make IR remote users life's easier for searching or entering info.

    and no, I'm not filthy rich.. I am using outdated Crestron gear that I bought for near nothing on ebay. you can have rapper and sports legend level home integration if you simply put the effort out there to find what is affordable and not have a "it's used, thats ooky" response to used gear.

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