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CARDONWARE™ ULTRAMOTEä EXTENDER, FIRST CONSUMER INFRARED ADD-IN CARD FOR POCKET PCs, BOOSTS REMOTE CONTROL RANGE UP TO 50 FEET
UltraMote Software, Extender Combination Gives Pocket PCs Home Theater – Ready Performance
PHOENIX, Feb. 14, 2002 – CardonWare today announced the UltraMoteä Extender, a patent-pending add-in card that lets user operate a variety of home entertainment and automation devices from up to 50 feet away using an iPAQ 36xx, 37xx and 38xx series Pocket PC with UltraMote universal remote software. UltraMote Extender is the first remote control booster card and the first consumer infrared add-in card for Pocket PCs, giving these devices the same range as factory remote controls or dedicated universal remotes.
The company also has added macro capability to the UltraMote software. Users can program a set of functions, such as “play DVD”, to be performed with a single button.
UltraMote software combines the functions of audio and video device remote controls into a single program. UltraMote Extender increases the power of the iPAQ’s infrared capability to increase the range between users and the devices being controlled. The software and Extender support most brands of televisions, VCRs, DVDs, stereo receivers and home automation systems.
Jim Kearns, founder and president of Phoenix-based CardonWare™, creator of UltraMote, said, “Range has been the single biggest issue with users of Pocket PCs for controlling home entertainment systems. With UltraMote Extender and the new UltraMote software, Pocket PC users are home theater-ready and get the range and functionality of many dedicated remotes.”
With the latest UltraMote software, users can set up multiple macros that combine a number of commands. For example, users might set up macros to play a DVD, play the VCR, or start to record a program. Users also can customize their programs with standard “skins” or graphics or create and import their own images for screens and buttons.
UltraMote Extender and UltraMote remote control software are available now at the UltraMote website, www.ultramote.com. Pricing is $20 U.S. for the software only, $30 U.S. for UltraMote Extender, and $40 U.S. for the Extender and software. There is a free 14-day trial period available for the software only, for users to ensure compatibility with their equipment. The Extender card initially will ship only in the United States.
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