Perhaps no invention has made us lazier than the humble TV remote. Yes, you could say that television gave us a reason to sit all day and do nothing, but before the remote came into the picture, you got some form of cardiovascular training when you switched channels. Or your parents just let you do it as a small child.
However, we’ve come a long way since then with the advent of things like voice commands and can now even download apps on our phone to control our various devices around the house – and so the need for a real remote all seems rather pointless. That may be why Logitech has announced that it will end its range of Harmony Universal remotes.
While Harmony remotes are and remain available through various retailers, Logitech will no longer produce Harmony remotes in the future. We do not expect any consequences for our customers from this announcement. We plan to support our Harmony community and new Harmony customers, including access to our software and apps to set up and manage your remotes. We also plan to continue updating the platform and adding devices to our Harmony database. Customer service and warranty support will be offered.
Although Harmony has decided to no longer make universal remotes, it is committed to at least continuing to support its project for as long as customers use it. While I suspect that in a decade that one person who refuses to give up their favorite remote control might struggle to bother the company to support their future UUUHD TV they just bought.
Most universal remotes were often quite problematic in replicating the functionality of a device’s original remote control capabilities, but Logitech was able to skip the trend and manufactured devices that could well be Swiss military remote controls. For those still using universal remotes it will be a bit of a blow to watch them take off, but people are now watching from their tablets / phones to see if most device remotes become so useful it’s probably worth it move to better forms of ministry.
Last updated: April 13, 2021