I have started researching and testing Roomie after the anouncement that Harmony will be discontinued. So far Roomie is looking good and quite flexible and supports most of my devices one way or another.
The one thing I cannot really find information on that answers my questions is hard button remotes other than Harmony.
My scenario is this: Watching a movie in complete darkness and I want to pause the movie or change volume. Currently I grab the remote next to me and one button press is enough to do what I want.
Using an I phone or Ipad I would have to wake it up and unlock it and then press the button on the screen. Which is just not the same level of convenience. Leaving the ipad active or unlocked is not an option, the light from the device is distracting in a dark room.
So what I am looking for is an option for a hard button remote that will do some basic things like play/pause volume control, cursor, okay and back. What real options are there? And how does it work in practice? Do I link the remote to the ipad? I imagine I do, but how do I then control which button controlls what?
Suggestions for a hard button remote that is compatible are also very welcome, preferable something remote controller shapped and not an xbox controller.
I did search for documentation on this, if it exists I did not find it. Feel free to point me to the documentation on this, as long as it does answer the question.