I am currently using a Logitech Harmony Link in one of the rooms of my house to control a relatively simple setup…a monitor, a cable box, receiver and a BluRay player. While the Link generally gets the job done, sometimes it can be a little dodgy. It also can’t control things like my Sonos system or my Insteon dimmers, so the purpose-builtness and enhanced features of Roomie are compelling.
However, I think there are some potential UX issues that may be a barrier to adoption for us. Right now with the Link, it’s very easy to simultaneously use multiple remotes, since each remote logs into the Link via the Harmony service. So my wife can turn the system on when she gets home from work using her iPhone, we can both control it throughout the evening via our respective remotes, and then I can turn it off via my iPad before going to bed. Each controller always reflects the current state of the system, so for instance my iPad knows that the current activity is say, “Watch TV”, and is aware of the state of those devices, etc.
Of course, there are downsides to the Harmony service, like when it’s not available, rendering the Link into a mocking green-eyed cyclops while you’re trying to watch TV.
Now my wife & I maintain our own Apple IDs on our devices. I understand that Roomie is keyed to an Apple ID, so I’m not sure how that would work between my iPhone & iPad (which use my Apple ID) and her iPhone (which uses hers). From the FAQ it sounds like this could be an issue for sharing control between users (or perhaps even being able to access our devices at all).
So I was curious if anyone else has this situation. Buying an iPad or touch as a dedicated controller is not an attractive idea. For us, that idea went out with the Pronto and handheld Harmony remotes.