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NextGen Bluetooth-IR Extender Supports Android Device Communication

NextGen's Bluetooth-IR Extender converts Bluetooth signals to IR to enable Android smartphones and tablets to control as many as eight components.


NextGen says its Bluetooth-IR Extender will start shipping in July with an MSRP of $59, giving Android smartphone and tablet owners an affordable control solution.
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NextGen made a name for itself several years ago when it launched an affordable IR Extender that solved control problems, including controlling components through walls and over long distances. NextGen is adding to its line of control products with its new Bluetooth-IR Extender.

This new product is designed to allow Bluetooth-enabled Android smartphones and tablets to act as an IR remote control by converting Bluetooth signals to IR and control up to eight components.

NextGen says this control solution operates in a similar manner as its Remote Extender by offering the ability to control devices through walls, doors and windows. This new USB-powered extender is supported by a cloud-based IR library that includes most major brands of electronics.

NextGen’s Bluetooth-IR Extender also works with Cisco and Scientific Atlanta set-top boxes by sending out 38k and 56k signals.

“We have been in the remote control business for many years and it has become increasingly clear that consumers want to control their TV, home theater, stereo and anything else controlled by IR from a smart device such as a mobile phone or tablet,” says NextGen president Bob Dolatowski. “Our new Bluetooth to IR Extender Converter works great and is quick and easy to set up and operate. It will be welcome and affordable addition to any home, especially with smartphone and tablet users.”

NextGen’s Bluetooth-IR Extender will ship in July with a USB cable, eye emitter and the NextGen app for $59

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