Third-party IR remote control app?

Discussion in 'Vizio Tablets' started by Maine_Coon, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. Maine_Coon
    Offline

    Maine_Coon Junior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2011
    Messages:
    121
    Likes Received:
    14
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Tablet / Device:
    Vtab1008
    Vizio stock remote control app is weak, to say the least.

    I wonder if there are some developers working on their own IR remote app which would make our Vizios
    as good as dedicated remotes which are sold from $200 to $1000/

    One of the best IR control apps I've seen was RemoteControl II. Extremely powerful and customizable.
    Unfortunately it is for WinMobile/PDA-only.

    Really wish for something like this for the Android devices w/IR.
  2. Hedgehog000
    Offline

    Hedgehog000 Junior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2011
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    My only problem with the remote is I can't figure out how to open the dvd drawer with it

    Sent from my VTAB1008 using Android Tablet Forum
  3. sdspieg
    Offline

    sdspieg Junior Member

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2011
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Tablet / Device:
    Vizio tablet
    I used to love Noviiremote (from Noviimedia), which had been ported from Palm to WM. Are those guys still in business? The Google cache still has them, but I seem unable to get onto their website now... I'd certainly be willing to pay some money for another app that would cover a broader range of (also NON-US) appliances AND would be more 'open'. The Noviiremote had a HUGE codebase that was also publicly available - wouldn't it be possible to convert that database into sthg we could use even with the Vizio stock software?

    And on the IR-topic: I have asked this question before, but now that there are more participants here in the forum maybe somebody will know the answer to this: is the IR-blaster that is built into the VTAB1008 also able to 'learn' (I mean the hardware - obviously the Vizio software does not support hat function)?

    -Stephan
  4. Maine_Coon
    Offline

    Maine_Coon Junior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2011
    Messages:
    121
    Likes Received:
    14
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Tablet / Device:
    Vtab1008
    I doubt Vizio is capable of learning IR commands.
    We need to know more about build-in IR blaster.
    Some blasters can both learn and submit IR signals (For instance, IR blaster in Dell Axim 50v can certainly do it).
  5. SEMIJim
    Offline

    SEMIJim Junior Member

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2011
    Messages:
    359
    Likes Received:
    23
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    S.E. Michigan, U.S.A.
    Tablet / Device:
    Vizio VTAB1008, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
    For about the 3rd or 4th time: Unless it has an IR receiver, it cannot learn IR commands. Period.

    I've seen no evidence to indicate the VTAB1008 has an IR receiver.

    Jim
  6. RobAGD
    Offline

    RobAGD Junior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2011
    Messages:
    15
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    But with some IR remote apps you can "program" the control codes or add to the device databases.

    I was hoping the Touchsquid ( https://market.android.com/details?...=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsIlJlbW90ZS5Ub3VjaC5TcXVpZCJd ) software would manage the IR blaster on the vizio, or Total Control ( Total Control - Android Remote Edition ) But there needs to be an sdk released according to the TC people ( RC Forums: Total Control Android Remote Edition Updates - Global Cache,... )

    The touch Squid tablet when it finally gets released will be nice ( I hope ) as it has an IR T/R ability and learning, but now its priced a bit more than the Vizio ( now at $200 )

    So it will be interesting to see how the tablet / remote market will go.

    -Robert
  7. Maine_Coon
    Offline

    Maine_Coon Junior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2011
    Messages:
    121
    Likes Received:
    14
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Tablet / Device:
    Vtab1008
    Touchsquid MSRP is $399.
    It does not have GPS.

    They released remote control app for $29, but it does not work with Vizio IR.

    Even if Vizio cannot learn IR codes by itself, it should be possible to Learn on the different device and then bring the codes in.
    Of course Remote Control App should support importing codes/
  8. androidluv
    Offline

    androidluv Junior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2011
    Messages:
    10
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Tablet / Device:
    Vizio tablet
    Does anyone know what files the device codes are stored in in the remoteapk for the vizio? I may try to edit the list to include a major component of my home AV system that is missing.
  9. craigerd2
    Offline

    craigerd2 Junior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2011
    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Tablet / Device:
    Vizio vtab
    Seems like a really weak app. Am I missing something? I can't access the dvr functions on my comcast dvr.

    Sent from my VTAB1008 using Android Tablet Forum
  10. Cocuroci
    Offline

    Cocuroci Junior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2011
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    I just got a tablet from Vizio, and what I most wanted him to do was just act as a universal remote for my home theater, but this application that comes with the Vizio is very weak, its database of equipment is great, but flawed, and one thing that is key for me is to have the possibility to register macros.

    Given all that I believe this application that comes with the Vizio not good for much, does anyone have knowledge of other software that was more broad and flexible and works installed on Vizio Tablet?
  11. RobAGD
    Offline

    RobAGD Junior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2011
    Messages:
    15
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Well, take a look at the global cache wifi2ir device with the touch squid app. I am working on using that with the fire to run my HT

    -R

    Sent from my Kindle Fire using Tapatalk
  12. charger_1
    Offline

    charger_1 Junior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2012
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Location:
    in a house in the midwest
    Tablet / Device:
    VIZIO vtab1008
    The VTAB1008 does have an IR sensor... in the form of the onboard camera (which sucks goats I might add). Just open the camera app sometime and point a remote at it, you will see the flashes plain as day. I really REALLY hope some developer will make an app that will utilize this as a way to program non-listed remotes. Hell, if I knew how to program apps, I would be working on it right now! How many of you would GLADLY pay 20 bucks for a GOOD, WORKING remote app that will work on the VTAB1008? I would gladly pay double that.
  13. Conspirator
    Offline

    Conspirator Junior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2012
    Messages:
    94
    Likes Received:
    16
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    Tablet / Device:
    VTAB1008
    There is also the light sensor which is next to the volume button. I loaded up a tester program and aimed my remote at it. The sensor readings shows it must be detecting the ir blast. It seems to have a higher refresh rate than the camera so would probably work better at capture of remote control codes.
  14. Blwnv8
    Offline

    Blwnv8 Junior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2011
    Messages:
    91
    Likes Received:
    8
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Tablet / Device:
    HTC Evo, Vizio Vtab
    Here's an idea. This should work pretty good. Turns any android or apple device into a remote. Plus you can change it from other rooms. This would be great for home theater setups where there is no line of sight for the ir blaster.

    Logitech Harmony® Link
  15. rockingdo
    Offline

    rockingdo Junior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2012
    Messages:
    20
    Likes Received:
    8
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Tablet / Device:
    Vizio VTAB 1008 , Xperia X10 Mini Pro
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2012

Share This Page

Search tags for this page
global cache total control anroid
,
ir remote receiver use ir remote to control your android
,

noviiremote android

,

vizio ir remote app

,

vizio tablet remote control app update

,
vizio tablet tv remote
,
vizio vtab1008 remote control