Use your smartphone as a universal remote

In an age where phones serve as watches, datebooks, banks, and even personal trainers, it was only a matter of time before they could started to control all of your other electronics, too. The Beacon Universal Remote Control System by Griffin uses the Dijit app along with Bluetooth to allow you to use your Android phone or Apple iOS device as a universal remote control

The Beacon's use of Bluetooth lets you set up a fully-equipped entertainment center without the annoyance of having to deal with dongles and complicated wiring. The receiver itself runs on AA batteries, so you can put it wherever you want. Use Dijit's Intuitive Program Guide app to control all of your devices, whether that means changing the channel to programming your DVR. You wouldn't want to miss this week's episode of Downton Abbey, would you