[mythtv-users] Logitech Harmony remote replacement - SofaBaton U1 ?

Paul Gardiner lists at glidos.net
Tue Jun 22 16:05:32 UTC 2021

On 22/06/2021 12:24, Mike Perkins wrote:
> On 22/06/2021 10:08, Paul Gardiner wrote:
>> On 21/06/2021 23:07, Phill Edwards wrote:
>>>      >>> The Sofabaton is my expected fallback when/if my Harmony's quit
>>>      >>> working.  Sadly, I don't know of any other affordable, 
>>> universal,
>>>      >>> bluetooth remotes.
>>>     The sofa baton is an interesting device, and it is on sale in
>>>     amazon's prime day for less than US $40.
>>> I just watched a review of the Sofabaton. Looks ok but doesn't seem 
>>> to have the equivalent of Harmony's activities, which means it can't 
>>> automatically select HDMI inputs when you turn things on. That was 
>>> such a good WAF feature.
>> Yes, but I think you could make it emulate that feature, providing you 
>> reserve one button for the activity-change-over actions so, unlike 
>> with the harmony where you just change activity, you'd need to change 
>> activity and then press your setup button.
> I think that it is a balance of where you want to have the 'business 
> logic', if you like. In the Harmony, the existing state of everything is 
> held in the remote itself, so it knows what to change when you press an 
> activity button.
> It would be possible to move that all to your host end. That way, you'd 
> simply have a spare button on the remote which, when pressed, runs (for 
> example) a script which reads the existing state info previously stored 
> in, I dunno, /var/something, and does whatever is required to effect the 
> switching.
> Of course, that implies that that host retains all the state info so 
> would have to be on all the time. Suitable project for a RPi, anyone?

I was thinking of restricting to idempotent actions, so no state memory 
is needed: turn every device needed on, turn every device not needed 
off, don't use toggles, don't use next or prev actrions.

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