There are some procedures on television these days that require inputing letters using your remote control, such as entering a passowrd on your Netflix account. This is also the case in cable boxes, Blu-ray players, and home entertainment consoles. Most of the time, typing via remote is excruiciating because each key represents multiple letters and you wouldn’t know if you are inputing the right character (in case of passwords).
Logitech has unveiled a keyboard fit for TV. The Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard works with Apple TV, Roku, and Xbox, as well as your Mac or PC.
As an accessory to your entertainment system, the Harmony Smart Keyboard can control up to eight different devices, managing media receivers and smart TVs alike. It communicates with the HUB, a USB receiver that can be plugged into the entertainment device of choice, using WiFi. The receiver translates every keystroke into commands for the media device. The smart keyboard also connects using Bluetooth with Apple TV or PlayStation 3.
Apart from making password inputs easier, this keyboard also works as an universal remote control, with dedicated buttons to display channel guides and even control gameplay. This feature can be set up using the Harmony mobile app and on Logitech’s Harmony website.
The Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard goes on sale beginning March for $149.99.