You might know this European hotel rooms which includes a TV but no remote control; the business model is pretty easy - you have to rent the RC to switch your TV on. While I fully understand this revenue stream for cheap hotels, I can not accept it for expensive rooms like the one I stayed last week in Cannes. Because the room rent is so horrible expensive during the 3GSM Congress, I shared my room with a good friend and as mostly in France hotel rooms, we had a TV in the living room (no, it wasn't a Suite but an Apartment) but again no remote control.
When I woke up on Wednesday, I was wondering to hear the morning magazine TV show coming out of the TV and you might already know what happened: my room mate used his HP iPAQ 5450 which comes with the Nevo remote control software to switch on the TV and use his Pocket PC as the remote control unit. :-)
One day later, on Thursday after a hard congress day, we enjoyed our beer in a French bar which was quite comfy until the barkeeper switched on the TV because it was UEFA Cup evening and Auxerre played vs. Liverpool. Holy cow, he pumped up the volume that I felt we were in the football stadium. But no problem with our iPAQs in the pocket; just selecting the TV brand (it was a Philips TV) and reducing the volume. :-) The funny side note was that the batteries of the original RC seemed to be pretty drained and therefore our replacement remote control iPAQs worked even better than the original RC.
I've already used the H5400 at my home and my girlfriend's home for controlling my home entertainment stuff but this offers a complete new wider range of using an consumer infrared equipped Pocket PC in future and might be the end of some revenue streams for hotels as well as driving barkeeper nuts. As funny and useful this feature is, isn't it a complete new "security" hole!?
Cheers ~ Arne