Software / Virtual Remote
It would be great if the Smart Remote app had a virtual remote, that could trigger the physical remote’s buttons, remotely. I’m sure many have encountered this situation, but there have been times where I wasn’t near the remote, and wanted to control an infrared device. So I had to go to the room where the remote was, get the remote and then use it. The ability to trigger the remote’s buttons from the app, would lead to being able to control non-smart devices from greater distances.
It would also lead to being able to do things like, using Siri (or another assistant), to control non-HomeKit devices if Siri shortcuts are also added. Saying something like “Hey Siri, turn on my AV Equipment” would trigger the AV Scene using the Smart Remote apps’ ability to trigger the remote, remotely. There’s no need to add voice recognition to the remote itself or any complex thing. The app only needs a virtual remote, then expose that virtual remote to the mobile device’s system.