L5 Remote: Turn Your iPhone/iPod touch Into an Old School Universal Remote Control

Your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad might make a great remote control for your Apple TV. But, what about all the other old school remote control devices around your home or office that expects an infrared (IR) signal? If you don’t mind spending $50 for a piece of hardware that connects to the 30-pin connector on the bottom of your iPhone or iPod touch, you might be interested in the:

L5 Remote (product site)

The iPhone app is available for free in the App Store. It lets you create your own button layout which can be backed up and even shared with other L5 owners.

L5 Remote (iTunes App Store)

Infrared transceivers were once common on mobile devices. In fact, my old HP iPaq 2215 came bundled with an infrared remote control app way back when. The IR transceiver on that Pocket PC was a bit on the weak side, however, and wasn’t a very effective remote control replacement for me.

The L5 app has an average customer rating of 2.5. But, this average isn’t helpful since ratings for the app are bimodal with 31 people giving it a 5-star rating (29.8%) and 47 giving it a 1-star rating (45%).