About a week and a half ago my wife and I got a dog. He is a weiner dog/german shepard mix named Oscar. I have to admit, I was the skeptical one before we brought him home, because making sure the pup is fed, watered, walked, and gets some quality time is a lot of responsibility, but I quickly found it to be very worth it. I am still getting used to getting up early to feed him and walk him in the morning, but it is worth the effort.
I think Oscar was home for a day or so and I was completely hooked. This post is not completely about my dog, although he is the reason I am writing it. Last Saturday, I was working on some projects around the house and getting a lot of writing done (oy… alot of writing) and Oscar was his usual bark-free mellow self. That evening we decided to meet some friends for dinner, good times were had by all, and the univeral remote control was had by Oscar… for dinner.
Needless to say I was not terribly pleased, but did leave the smallish, plastic, toylike device within the reach of a certain dog. Upon returning home, the remote was found in several pieces and the screen was cracked. I think he did manage to land on the Discovery channel and get the tray on the Xbox open before the remote lost its battle with the puppy.
Finding a new remote that is mostly dog proof is not possible, unless it is bigger than he is. I settled on a Redeye remote control which should arrive soon. The first itteration came earlier this week but had hardware troubles.
What is the Redeye?
It is a remote with an app. The IR / wireless controller hooks onto a wireless network and sits line of sight with your home theater gear. An app on the iphone is used to control your devices anywhere you have wireless in your home by sending signals and commands to the Redeye base station, which beams them to your devices.
I cannot provide a full review just yet, but am looking forward to testing it out. It also seems to be the closest thing to an Oscar-proof remote control since my phone is always in my pocket. Once the device arrives and I have been playing with it, I will do my best to sneak in a review here.
In the meantime, here is a picture of the pooch who eats remotes, Oscar.