Logitech’s got a new Harmony remote and it’s an even bigger push into home automation over the current Harmony Smart Control home theater remote lineup. Shipping this month, the new Harmony Home Control devices start at $99 for the Home Hub (which turns your smartphone or tablet into a home automation controller). Then there’s the Home Control for $149, which adds a simple, button-only remote. At the top of the line is the $349 Harmony Ultimate Home, which swaps out the simple remote for a 2.4 inch touch screen model (seen above). Available in either black or white, Harmony Home can control both your home theater and other devices from partners via IR, Bluetooth or WiFi. There’s a lengthy list of support, too: August, Honeywell, Kwikset, Lutron, Nest, PEQ, Philips, Schlage, SmartThings, Sylvania, Yale and Zuli.
Alongside the new devices, Logitech is also introducing the Harmony Developer Program, and promises to keep an up-to-date list of compatible devices on its site. If your current home automation solution includes ZigBee or Z-Wave devices, then the Harmony Hub Extender for $129 loops in those prevalent protocols to your Harmony Home Hub. We have full faith that the Harmony Home will be easy to program, but are less sure how well Harmony’s success in the home theater remote space will translate to controlling the entire home — compromises are sure to have been made — but we are certainly excited to see how it might.
A German website first pointed out that information about the next generation of Amazon’s e-readers had appeared on the German version of Amazon’s website. It’s gone now, but not before revealing that there will be two new types: an upgraded "basic" version, and a new high-end product called the Kindle Voyage.
A cached version of Amazon’s Japanese homepage reveals more information: The Kindle Voyage will have a 300 ppi screen, come with a newly designed button page, and come in Wi-Fi and 3G. It looks like Amazon kept the screen at 6 inches.
Another interesting detail: Looks like there’s something called "intelligent front light," which is probably an automatic dimmer. How romantic!
It’s listed at around $322 for 3G and $245 for the Wi-Fi version; if these prices are correct, it’s a pretty big increase from Paperwhite. The Japanese page lists the dimensions of the Voyage at 6.2 cm x 11.5 cm x 0.8 cm, and lists is weight at 186 grams, so if the Voyage is more expensive than the Paperwhite, it will also be smaller and lighter.
We’ve reached out to Amazon to ask for verification about these leaks and will update if they confirm.
Remember Horizon, the brilliant little iOS app that let you shoot horizontally-oriented videos no matter what angle you were holding your smartphone? It’s finally available on Android, ensuring your Moto X isn’t going to pollute YouTube with horrible portrait-oriented videos. Do the world a favor and download it, after all, it’s free. [Google Play Store - Horizon via The Next Web]
ClassPass, the subscription service that offers unlimited monthly access to various fitness classes around town, has just closed a $12 million Series A funding round, the majority of which is coming from existing ClassPass investors. Fritz Lanman and Hank Vigil are leading the round, with participation from existing investors such as David Tisch, Kal Vepuri, and Shana Fisher, among others. Read More