Dijit is a universal remote app that turns your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad into a universal remote when used with the Griffin Beacon. Previously, the app was only available in native form for the iPhone, but today’s update adds iPad support as well.
The Griffin Beacon, when paired with the Dijit app, is able to replace all of the remotes that you use for your TV and entertainment systems. It simplifies the process of controlling several different devices and inputs.
I don’t know about you, but in my living room, I have a remote for the TV, a remote for the cable box, a remote for the Apple TV, a controller for the Xbox, and a controller for the PS3. Using different devices always requires the use of at least two remotes or controllers.
Griffin’s Beacon isn’t particularly cheap at $69.99 but for serious home entertainment enthusiasts or the less technologically inclined, it’s a must have. Your TV and stereo use remote controls to transmit infrared signals, while your iOS device uses Bluetooth. The Beacon bridges the gap between them by converting Bluetooth to infrared, allowing your iDevice to become a handy remote control.
The app itself provides a customizable remote control interface, and allows you to choose which buttons appear on the remote. Pick just the ones you need, and do away with all the confusing excess. There’s a device library that allows users to connect the Beacon to all of their devices, and macros can be used to create one-click actions.
Dijit also provides a TV show guide for your area, plus Netflix listings. Your guide can be customized to show only the channels you’re interested in, and you can even log in to get recommendations from your friends. If you’ve got a Roku, the app works over WiFi, so you can use it without the Griffin Beacon.
To download the new Dijit Universal Remote and TV Show Guide, head over to the App Store where it’s available for free. The accompanying Griffin Beacon can be purchased from the Griffin website for $69.99.