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  1. On 11/19/2022 at 7:01 PM, SomethingSomethingDarkSide said:

    I must be blind, I can't see one.

    RW, Play/Pause & FW are the only traditional media control buttons.

    Stop and Record are down at the bottom by the Zero of the number pad

  2. The Skip cannot create new buttons for devices, only use existing ones. So if the Samsung TV has a dedicated button for an app, then probably. If not, then yeah, you'd need to create a button sequence that gets to that specific app.

  3. There are color buttons. There's a "color" button below the navigation area that replaces the nav buttons with color buttons.

    Also, it's a universal remote. Any button can be the stop button if you want it. 

  4. On 11/9/2022 at 1:16 PM, Macke said:

    I just read about the skip1 for the first time today and think it's a great initiative.

     

    One thing that bothers me with most solutions today (including Harmony) is the cloud dependancy and the risk of the units becoming paper weights in case a compay decide to discontinue a product.

     

    Will I be able to use the config application completely standalone or is internet required when I need to make any changes to the config?

    Is there any way of easily backing up the config of the skip1 and use later to restore in case of hw failure without any internet access?

     

    I of course understand that updates to the application/remote is needed to add support for new devices, bug fixes and features.

     

    Like others, I've also grown quite accustomed to the harmony hub + companion rf remote solution and it's great to not need line of sight for the remote toward the devices and let the hub handle it, together with the extra small ir blaster placed inside a closed cabinet.

     

    Update: I of course did not see the image (attached) on the kickstarter page with some buzzwords which indicate non-cloud reliance and such but still would appreciate some more details if possible.

     

     

    As you say, the app certainly isn't cloud reliant, save for updates and such. 

    Current plan is to allow for simple exporting of configs that can the be re-uploaded or even imported into a Skip app somewhere else. So for example you could set up grandma's remote at your computer, then send it over to her via email.

    Request for an IR repeater has been heard. Definitely planned for the road map eventually. 

  5. On 9/24/2022 at 5:02 PM, walterschoenmann said:

    I currently have Disk network.  My Wife uses the voice (Google assistant) button frequently.

    In order to keep her happy, can that be added? ie: is there a mic on the Skip 1?

    Sorry, no mic on the Skip 1s. 

  6. When programming the Flirc, you do still need to program the keys. Simple method is to start with the Harmony.  Selecting XBMC is as good as anything. Then go to the Flirc software, flip to the PS4 Controller, and assign the appropriate buttons to the buttons in the Flirc app. 

    edit: Actually, since there is no official Flirc PS4 profile, you could pick the PS4 as the profile in Logitech, if there is one. If not, XBMC still works. 

  7. On 8/15/2022 at 3:30 AM, amanmazleigh said:

    Hi!

    I just received my FLIRC today and I really just couldn't figure out how to link up my Broadlink RM4 Pro to the FLIRC to control my NVDIA Shield 2019. Does anyone know how to do it and can guide me through?

    Thank you in advance!

    Could you give a bit more detail about what you're trying to do? I don't own a broadlink, but my understanding is that it's essentially a repeater for another remote. So you take some random remote, set the Flirc up to work with that remote, and then teach the the Broadlink the keys that you taught the Flirc.

    Are you familiar with setting up the Flirc?

  8. 17 hours ago, vwmofo said:

    Is there an ETA on when these are going to ship?  I pre-ordered 2 and a Flirc USB (which I need now).  I would have thought the usb would have shipped until the remotes are ready to ship, but that doesn't appear to be the case and evidently there's no good email address that anyone monitors for questions about my order.  So can someone contact me about this please?

    The plan is to ship a special box set with USB and Skip together. We don't have an official release time beyond the stated Fall 2022 yet. With that said, I see your order in the list, and can go ahead and get the USB shipped out now. 

  9. On 8/3/2022 at 3:32 PM, Googlhupf said:

    Hello!

    First time poster and long time FLIRC user here.  :-D

    I found out about the Skip 1S just hours ago. I've been reading everything I could find about it. My Harmony is on its way out and will need to be replaced soon. :-/

    I have questions. To program the FLIRC USB, you need to have a remote that sends a unique IR code for each button. Even with a very good device database, you can't have buttons for everything. Say I want a button that brings up the audio delay slider in KODI. There can't possibly be a button for everything. Does the Skip app allow creation of a new button that brings its own new IR code? When I needed a custom button on my Harmony, I just grabbed an ancient VCR remote and learned an IR code from that. What's the Skip's approach to that?

    As for the IR database... Is that your own or third party? What about European makes and models?

    Will there be a connection between the FLIRC USB and Skip app?

    Greetings from Germany

    Googlhupf

     

    Welcome.  Let me see what I can answer:

     

    1. There is not a button for everything. However, presumably what you'll do in your audio delay slider example is re-assign some keyboard button or combo to that feature. Which brings us to 

    2. Yes, we very much plan on integrating the Flirc USB and Skip app as much as possible. For non-custom situations, you should simply be able to pick the Flirc USB - Kodi profile when setting up your Skip, and the USB likely won't need any programming at all, save maybe a quick update. For custom situations, you'd likely assign your custom keys as described in the drag n drop portion of the video above. Presumably, every Flirc profile on the Skip App will include all 104/5 keys in the button list. We just won't use most of them in the default setup. This will probably require some work in the Flirc USB app as well, since I don't anticipate Skip having every possible keyboard combination as a listed option. Whether the Flirc App will be able to send newly created combos TO the Skip App is unknown to me. I don't think we were planning on that tight an integration, but it's a good idea, so never say never.

    3. Not sure how much we're allowed to say about the database. 50k devices are supported, and that includes US and EU models.

  10. On 4/22/2022 at 12:38 PM, Langis said:

    Use Fire Tv remote to turn on TV and switch inputs (this is using Fire Tv Cube's functions), then use Fire Tv remote to interface with my HTPC. Is that possible?

    Seems like the problem with this method is that you couldn't stop the Fire TV from listening, so every command you sent to the HTPC would also go to the Fire TV. 

    Easier solution is to use a universal remote, like the Skip 1s by Flirc, then use that to control everything. Then the Fire TV and HTPC could each have unique commands. 

  11. On 1/29/2022 at 6:17 PM, _Shorty said:

    Using the power button in Kodi needs to send a keypress of the letter S.  I do not want my machine to power down.  I want to access Kodi's shutdown menu, which you bring up by pressing S on the keyboard.

    You can flip from the Kodi profile to the Keyboard profile and train a remote button to enter the S command. 

    Screen Shot 2022-08-02 at 3.37.20 AM.png

    edit: Oh, or are you saying you use that now, but it'd be nice if the Kodi profile did that without needing to switch? If so, fair point. 

  12. On 10/22/2021 at 9:41 AM, rsbrux said:

    The flirc.ty website is broken on Firefox (at least as of 93.0 64 bit). It is not even possible to view the flirc.tv homepage, much less log in to the forum. This appears to be independent of OS.  I have the same results in Windows 8.1, Windows 10 and Ubuntu.  I have therefore resorted to using Edge (under Windows 10 Pro x64). However, the forum search function frequently fails to return anything; for all of the following it returns "Found 0 results":

    • MCE
    • RC6
    • WMC
    • rsbrux

    For the first three, the search engine would probably like to have  a search expression longer than 3 characters.  If this is so, why doesn't it say so?

    FWIW, this is a bit late of a response, but we've completely changed the flirc.tv website now. Most of the old problems with it should be gone. 

  13. Hi, we have a video showing off a bit of how the remote works.

    I believe what you call profiles, we call Activities. At the top of the remote, they are labeled A, B, and C. To switch between the activities, you just hit the respective buttons.  Sounds as though you have 2 or 3 different possible activities, so that should would pretty well perfect for you. 

  14. 14 hours ago, Starslayer74 said:

    I have a FLIRC USB but I wasn't sure if the remote itself supported keyboard mapping since it had it's own programming tool. 

    The idea is for the Skip to support any possible command supported by the receiver. If the receiver, in this case, is a USB Flirc, then every command from the Flirc should be drag and droppable onto the Skip, including a full keyboard. At that point, the limiting factor is just the number of buttons on the Skip itself, which obviously isn't 104/5.

    If your goal is for the Skip to instead support LIRC inputs, well, there's a reason the company is called FLIRC. 

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  15. On 7/29/2022 at 7:22 AM, norrishh said:

    It's just an IR remote so no bluetooth keyboard commands are possible. It has a bunch of buttons not really used in kodi though, and you can remap them to do whatever you want inside Kodi with an addon. You may be able to map press and hold to different IR commands too, I don't know if the skip1s supports that functionality. A good FAQ question, actually.

    https://kodi.wiki/view/Add-on:Keymap_Editor

    I'm trying to make sure we're on the same wave length here. Do you know what the Flirc USB is and that it can translate any IR input into any command - keyboard or otherwise - your computer can accept via USB? Given the existence of the Flirc USB, the need for the Kodi Keymap editor is likely nonexistent in a Skip + Flirc USB combo. 

  16. 7 hours ago, Starslayer74 said:

    Will there be input commands for keyboard emulation or Kodi?

    Not sure if I entirely understand this question. But if I'm following you, the remote is absolutely going to work with the Flirc USB, which does keyboard input already. 

  17. 2 hours ago, Starslayer74 said:

    Curious, is the remote smooth or textured, or grippy? Or something else? I have sensory OCD issues and I find myself rubbing the plastics. On most of my other remotes I've tried, I either pick up a silicone textured case, or use calm strips on the back of them so I have something I can touch without wearing it out. 

    It's smooth. I'd guess calm strips on the back would be the way to go.

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  18. Please feel free to ask your questions here. We'll try to keep a running list of answers.

     

    What is Flirc's range?

    Like all infrared (IR) devices, Flirc works best when it's placed in the line of site of the remote control.

    What Operating Systems are supported

    Windows 10/11, MacOS with support for native Apple Silicon and x86. Linux support is planned.

    Does the Skip 1s support Bluetooth?

    No, the Skip 1s only supports IR (infra-red) remotes. 

    How many buttons can I store?

    TBD

    How many devices are in the Skip database?

    50k

    What happens if I can't find my device in the Skip database?

    Please provide us feedback. It is possible you are looking in the wrong area, but for uncommon devices we are happy to add a profile via support. In the future, it will be possible to map unknown devices directly in the setup software.

    Can I map more than one remote button to the same Skip button?

    Yes, each button supports multiple devices and buttons at once.

    When will new software features get released?

    Skip setup software and firmware will be released quite frequently as we continue to update. Auto-update functions have been built into the software, so you should always be up to date.

    Does Skip work with the smart devices that have no IR input?

    Two workarounds exist for these devices. Most support HDMI-CEC, which means you can control them using your TV remote buttons on the Skip 1s. Many also support USB in, including the Fire TV Stick, Raspberry Pis, and any other HTPC. For those, we suggest pairing your Skip with a Flirc USB for ultimate control.

    Does Skip 1s use a hub?

    No

    What sort of batteries does it take?

    2x AAA batteries

    What is the battery life?

    Easily 6 months, but will be closer to a year once final design changes are complete.

    Are the keys backlit?

    No, we decided against this, it is hard on the battery. The profile Keys light up, and there are RGB leds in each segment of the cursor. All LEDS are designed into the plastic, no weird bumps, or separate pieces. All continuous pieces of beautiful plastic. See attached.

    How do macros work?

    Any button can be anything. Further, any button can be a macro. Each button is a list, where the user can adjust the timing of the button.

    Is the Apple TV Gen4 supported?

    Yes, definitely. The AppleTV has built in IR support.

    What devices are supported?

    Everything, we have one of the largest and well kept IR databases in the world. Further, the remote has our extremely sensitive IR receiver we use in our flirc product. We are adding support to learn any device that isn't supported. We will also publish a web tool to browse and search for devices.

    Is there a hard activity limit?

    Right now, we have 3 profile buttons for activities. This is not a hard limit. We could possibly use the 'color wheel' button as a shift key and create more profiles, but currently, our initial soft limit is 3.

     

     

     

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  19. Not sure what's happening then. I've just gone through the process again to make sure. Show in finder. Right Click. Select Open from the top of the list. Then select Open again. Did the app fail to pop up after that second open, or did you run into a problem before that? Do you have admin access on your Mac? 

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