Logitech announced the launch of its Harmony Smart Keyboard, which combines a keyboard and touchpad, designed for controlling streaming media. The new keyboard simplifies text entry, so you can search for shows, navigate menus and browse the Web on a PC or Mac connected to your TV or Internet-connected media devices.
“Internet-connected and streaming-media devices seem to deliver limitless entertainment options, however their accompanying remotes struggle to keep up with the text entry needed to search for selections,” said Chad Thompson, senior director of worldwide marketing and product management for Logitech’s digital home business group. “Our goal with the Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard is to unite Logitech’s expertise in both universal remotes and keyboards to provide a fast and simple way to search for and navigate through the vast content options available through the living room’s entertainment devices.”
The keypad can control up to eight devices from more than 5.000 brands, through the setup assistant. It comes with features such as Harmony Hub, which turns signals from the keyboard or your smartphone – through the Harmony App – into commands your entertainment devices understand. The keyboard works without pointing, so objects don't interfere with the signal.
Harmony Smart Keyboard includes an integrated DVR and set-top box controls, and playback and volume buttons. It will be available in the U.S. and Germany beginning in March 2014, for a suggested retail price of $149.99.