NextGen has revealed its new Bluetooth-IR Extender that gives Android-based Smart Phones and Tablets the power to communicate with AV components.
Like the company’s Remote Extender, the new Bluetooth-IR Extender will operate through walls doors and around corners for superior control and ease of use.
The NextGen Bluetooth-IR Extender effectively bridges the gap between Bluetooth emitting Android apps such as smart phones or tablets and your IR AV components. Powered by USB, the Bluetooth-IR Extender effectively converts Bluetooth to IR to control up to 8 pieces of equipment and does so without wires or networking. The cloud-based IR code library supports almost every popular brand found in today’s market and is never outdated thanks to the patent-pending smart learning receiver.
The Bluetooth-IR Extender supports multiple smart phones or tablets, and for hard-to-reach places an eye emitter is included which works with an IR blaster in the receiver. In addition, the Bluetooth-IR Extender can send out both 38 and 56K IR signals so it is one of the only units on the market that can control both Cisco and Scientific Atlanta cable boxes.
According to NextGen’s president, Bob Dolatowski, “We have been in the remote control business for many years and it has become increasingly clear that consumers want to control their TV, Home Theater, Stereo and anything else controlled by IR from a smart device such as a mobile phone or tablet. Our new Bluetooth to IR Extender Converter works great and is quick and easy to set up and operate. It will be a welcome and affordable addition to any home, especially with Smartphone and tablet users.”
Pricing on the NextGen Bluetooth-IR Converter is ($59.00 MSRP) and will be shipping in July.