Royal Philips Electronics today announced the availability of ProntoLite personal remote-control software for Palm OS handhelds, of which there are approximately 15 million worldwide.
ProntoLite is a specially designed version of the software found in the industry-leading Philips Pronto product line of display-centric remote controls. These remotes are typically used to control complex home theatre systems with multiple and diverse components. ProntoLite balances selected powerful features with simplicity and ease-of-use appropriate for the consumer market.
"ProntoLite optimizes the convenience of the Palm OS," noted Ivo Lurvink, executive vice president and CEO for Philips Components' Emerging Electronics Solutions. "Users always have their Palm with them, which is very different from traditional remotes. As a result, one 'remote' can now control devices at home, in the office or on the road."
ProntoLite software enables users to configure their PDAs to control up to 10 audio/visual (A/V) devices, such as TVs, VCRs, CD players, DVD players or set-top boxes. Users of Palm-based PDAs can eliminate the need for multiple remote controls. ProntoLite is available for purchase directly from Philips ( www.pronto.philips.com) or from authorized distributors. A fully registered version of the software can be purchased for a one-time charge of $19.95. Alternatively, users can download an evaluation copy, which will let them use the software free for 15 days of use.
ProntoLite employs a series of configurable, soft-screen templates to more realistically and intuitively mimic the functionality of each A/V remote. Using the intuitive ProntoLite interface, users configure these templates -- called device pages -- for each of the A/V devices they want to control. ProntoLite utilizes the PDA's infrared (IR) port to send IR signals to different devices. Users simply 'teach' ProntoLite the IR signals from the remote control for each device, and ProntoLite's software controls the IrDA port on Palm OS-based devices so that these IR signals can be analyzed, stored and then re-transmitted.