Logitech Harmony 1000 universal remote controls more than your home theater


    So, you’ve got yourself set up with a big honking home theatre, complete with 7.1 sound, a huge plasma TV, the latest in home video gaming… life is good. Too bad you have 50 million remotes kicking around your coffee table. This is where Logitech’s line of universal remotes comes into play, but their new Harmony 1000 does much more: It can control your door locks, window shades, and even appliances.

    The Logitech Harmony 1000 universal remote boasts something called Z-Wave. Some of you may already be familiar with the wireless home automation standard that allows you to remotely dim the lights, start the washer or dryer, and open the door.

    Naturally, the Harmony 1000 still does what universal remotes normally do, and it’s got codes for 150,000 different devices. In this way, no matter how obscure (and high-end) your equipment may be, chances are this will be able to control it. No need to worry about finding the right button either, because the primary interface is through the 3.5-inch touchscreen.

    Concerned about price? Well, if your home is set up with Z-Wave, you’re clearly blinging and ballin’ anyways.