The best thing about the VooMote Zapper is that it isn't ugly. Photo Zero1
The VooMote Zapper is a remote-control adapter dongle for the iPhone that has one major advantage over all other such dongles: it isn’t hideously ugly. The tiny “paperclip-sized” widget plugs into the iPhone’s dock connector and works with a companion app to control any device in your home. Or at least any device that already has a remote — it won’t work with your oven, for instance.
Adding to the visual appeal, the VooMote can also be had in a rainbow of color options with matching with matching bumper-style cases.
The good looks extend to the software, usually a throwback to the bad old days when smartphones actually had their own IR ports. The interface is clean and dark, and you can customize everything, including button positions. There’s also a TV guide which lets you search for shows right there.
I don’t know if I could be bothered to attach a dongle every time I wanted to watch TV (even if I had a TV), but I’d sure dedicate my battered old iPod Touch to the job, especially as it is already used as a remote for AirTunes.
The VooMote Zapper will launch soon, for an as-yet unannounced price.