Logitech is launching a new keyboard, only this one is for your living room, not desktop Mac or PC. The Harmony Smart Keyboard is part keyboard, part universal remote. It can control 8 devices from your internet connected computer, your AppleTV or Roku, or even game consoles like the XboxOne. The Harmony Smart Keyboard will cost $149 and ship this month.
Logitech Introduces Harmony Keyboard Control to Simplify Streaming Content in the Living Room
New Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard and Harmony App Feature One-Touch Activities, Plus Closed-Cabinet Control of Game Consoles and Streaming Devices
Today Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) announced the Logitech Harmony® Smart Keyboard, a keyboard and touchpad combination specially designed for controlling streaming media in your living room. This new keyboard simplifies text entry, so you can search for shows, navigate menus and browse the Web on a PC or Mac® connected to your TV or Internet-connected media devices, such as Apple TV®, Roku® or Xbox® One.
“Internet-connected and streaming-media devices seem to deliver limitless entertainment options, however their accompanying remotes struggle to keep up with the text entry needed to search for selections,” said Chad Thompson, senior director of worldwide marketing and product management for Logitech’s digital home business group. “Our goal with the Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard is to unite Logitech’s expertise in both universal remotes and keyboards to provide a fast and simple way to search for and navigate through the vast content options available through the living room’s entertainment devices.”
The Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard can work with up to eight devices from a library of more than 225,000 home-entertainment devices and over 5,000 brands through the setup assistant. It includes the Harmony Hub, which turns signals from the keyboard or your smartphone – through the Harmony App – into commands your entertainment devices understand. Both the keyboard and the Harmony App work without pointing, so you don’t have to worry about closed cabinets getting in the way of your signal.
With the keyboard in your living room, there is no need for multiple remotes. As with other Harmony remotes, one touch of an Activity button – such as “Watch a Movie” – turns on just the right entertainment devices and automatically switches each one to the right settings and inputs. Plus, the keyboard features an easy Internet-based setup, and integrated DVR and set-top box controls, and playback and volume buttons.
Pricing and Availability
The Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard is expected to be available in the U.S. and Germany beginning in March 2014, for a suggested retail price of $149.99. For more information, please visit www.myharmony.com/smartkeyboard or our blog.
Logitech is a world leader in products that connect people to the digital experiences they care about. Spanning multiple computing, communication and entertainment platforms, Logitech’s combined hardware and software enable or enhance digital navigation, music and video entertainment, gaming, social networking, audio and video communication over the Internet, video security and home-entertainment control. Founded in 1981, Logitech International is a Swiss public company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI).