2008 CES Coverage: Logitech
Author: Josh Maronde
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 01-14-2008
Harmony One Advanced Universal Remote

Logitech released five new or improved products at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show. The five products that were unveiled: Harmony One Advanced Universal Remote, diNovo Mini Keyboard, Z Cinema Advanced Surround Sound System, Squeezebox Duet Network Music System and the Cordless Desktop MX 5500 Revolution.

Logitech has raised the bar again when it comes to their Harmony line of universal remote controls. The Harmony One brings professional grade home entertainment control to the average consumer. This infrared advanced universal remote control won the 2008 CES Design and Engineering Award: Best of Innovations in Home-Entertainment Accessories. You can use the Harmony One to replace up to 15 remotes made by more than 5,000 manufacturers.

A full color 2.2-inch touch screen will allow you to touch the screen once to watch TV or a movie. The screen utilizes capacitive touch screen technology rather than pressure sensitive technology. Capacitive technology senses tiny electrical charges in your fingertips and is more durable.

Over 22,000 hours of research and development have been put into the Harmony One advanced universal remote. Logitech's most significant R&D project ever has resulted in a button layout that has been divided into four zones: D-pad with volume and channel controls, DVD controls, numbers and on-screen menu controls. All the buttons are backlit and sculpted to let the user know where their finger is without having to look at the remote. Consumer research helped Logitech design the Harmony One so that it has a comfortable curved shaped that allows hands of all sizes to hold the remote with ease.

Some of the other features contained within the Harmony One include: Smart State Technology, One-Touch Activity Control, Rechargeable Battery and Guided Online Setup. With Logitech's Smart State Technology, the Harmony One is able to keep track of the power states of your various home entertainment equipment. This will allow you to switch from one type of entertainment activity to another without having to worry about the devices powering on and off properly. One-Touch Activity Control makes watching a DVD or TV a breeze. With one press, the Harmony One will power up the correct devices and switch video inputs if needed. No need to be a professional home theater installer. With Guided Online Setup, you only need to tell the setup software what make and model component you have the the software will automatically find the correct codes for the remote. In the unlikely event that a device is not found in Logitech's extensive database, new devices can be added by Logitech or the original remote can be used to program the Harmony One.

The Harmony One advanced universal remote is scheduled to be available in the U.S. and Europe in February with a suggested retail price of $249.99.

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