Logitech Unveils $500 Harmony

I’ve played with Prontos, Sonys, PDAs, and even flirted with VNC as a means of HTPC remote control… and I just don’t like the ‘slab’ style. They can’t be held in one hand and most functions are not tactile: I’d rather visually focus on content than on controlling that content. I’m even less interested when they’re charging $500, as Logitech will be when the Harmony 1000 is released this fall. Existing generations of Harmony remotes have had no problem dimming my Lutron lights, firing up my projector, and controlling a variety of my more pedestrian AV elements — so I have no need for this product. However, I’m sure Logitech’s business development folks saw a money making opportunity here with the high-end crowd.