• $135

Make sure you stay in control of everything

If you are one of those people who is always looking for the remote control to something or has so many controllers that you keep getting them mixed up, the REX-WFIREX1 has your name on it.

Most controllers for consumer electronics use infrared light, which means they can only be operated from a close distance. This universal control, however, uses Wi-Fi via a smartphone or tablet to instruct the REX-WFIREX1 — an unobtrustive white box that is set up in the home — to send out infrared signals.

This means that all your remote-controlled electronics can be accessed via a smartphone or tablet, no matter where you are.

You could, for example, turn the heating on before you even get home. You also will only need one device to control several things, so no more rummaging around for the TV remote. Not only this, but the device has timer modes and a humidity and temperature sensor, so you can keep track of your home while away.

The REX-WFIREX1 is priced at around ¥15,000 and is available at most electronics stores.

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