Audiovox Zentral Turns Your iPhone or BlackBerry Into a Remote (or Garage Door Opener)

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We've seen IR solutions for the iPhone before, but this is the first we've seen for BlackBerry—and the first that also works as a garage door opener.

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Unlike the Remote or L5 Remote, Audiovox's Zentral solution doesn't need a dongle—it communicates with a base station via Bluetooth, and that base station in turn talks to your TV (or stereo, iPod, garage door, whatever). There are three products in the line: The AV Remote for iPhone and BlackBerry, which works with up to 16 different devices ($60 for BlackBerry, $80 for iPhone); the Smartphone Jukebox, which lets a BlackBerry control an iPod ($70); and the Smartphone Garage Remote for BlackBerry ($50). They'll all be available sometime this spring. [Audiovox]

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Whoa, all this sounds pretty complicated to open a garage door... In my car there is a small gadget attached to the sun cover. All I do is raise my arm and click the button, the garage door opens. I'm not too sure why anybody would another longer method of opening the garage door with their phone,not to mention the price and process. "Pick up the phone, unlock it, open the program, click on the button, exit the program, put the phone down." But that's just my view.