Yawn. Are you really showing me a remote? I've got 15 already.Yes we are. And that's exactly the point. This smart remote aims to obliterate all your others in one fell swoop. And it sticks out from the universal remote crowd with a minimalist modern design, and the ability to recognise who picks it up.
Really? How? The NEEO remote packs in sensors which can scan your palm, instantly loading up your playlists, films and favourites the second you pick it up. You can also use this feature to create parental controls or guest profiles. It's the future, man.
This will get rid of all of my remotes?Pretty much, yes. The NEEO has a database of more than 30,000 devices and is compatible with all major AV products produced in the last ten year. So unless you're rocking a TV imported from the Soviet Union, you're probably fine.
The remote itself features a “better than Retina” 291 ppi display, with “just the buttons you need for an optimal tactile experience”.
Translation: It's a lovely, sharp display, with minimal button clutter.
It's rechargeable too of course, lasting for months on a single charge, and you can even locate it using an iOS or Android app when it's decided to go spelunking in the cracks of your couch.
Can I use the app to control stuff once the kids have destroyed the remote with jam and glitter?You sure can. The app can also be used to control everything from your set-top boxes and amps to Blu-ray players and even smart light bulbs like the Philips Hue.
Your smartphone and remote chat to a hockey puck-like 'brain' which has 360° infrared transmitter to ensure that your gadgets are blasted with commands from any angle. It supports a host of streaming protocols too, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and ZigBee.
I think my living room is ready. How much?US$150 (S$190) will nab you the brain itself, so you can begin controlling your house with the NEEO smartphone app. US$200 (S$250) will net you the snazzy remote and the brain, so you can show off its palm recognition skills when your mates are round.
Head on over to Kickstarter if you want to help contribute to the overall US$50,000 goal.
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