by Gary Woods
Whatever our phones do for us it seems like we want more. The iPhone gets most of the press but the BlackBerry has some cool things it can do also. From Unify 4 Life www.unify4life.com comes the AV Shadow that transforms the BlackBerry into a universal remote giving you complete control over all of your home's audio/video equipment.
You can change channels on your TV, skip to the next chapter of your DVD, adjust the volume on your audio receiver or navigate through the guide on your set top box. Some of the cooler features are available on the AV Shadow are that it works with Bluetooth technology which means no more need to point at devices. Also you can stream music to your AV Receiver from your BlackBerry using the SoundStreamer.
For a complete list of the devices that can be controlled by the AV Shadow you can drop a note to their Custom Support people at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at (905) 940-1117. AV Shadow retails for $99.95.
Another product from Unify 4 Life is the Garage Shadow which transforms your BlackBerry into a remote control for your garage door. The interface allows the user to quickly open, close and stop your garage door just like the switch currently connected to your door.
The coolest feature of Garage Shadow is "Automatic Open" which when activated opens your door as soon as soon as you're in sight of your garage door. At press time there was no price for the Garage Shadow.
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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc