iRobot AVA Telepresence Robot
Robotix Sphero Smartphone-Controlled Toy
Griffin Beacon Smartphone Universal Remote
Pixel Qi's 7-Inch Screen
Beamz Music Player
Enter Griffin's Beacon system, a dongle-free solution. Here the dedicated app sends Bluetooth signals to a powered base unit that then sends the requisite IR signals. It's neater, more esthetically pleasing and doesn't even need wires, as it can run for two months on just four AA batteries.
Price: $80. Availability: May 2011.