There are some apps, such as Apple’s Home app, want to become the unified control hub for all smart home devices. And now, there’s a real remote control device allowing the user to control all the devices at home – even to point at the front door to call an Uber ride.
Smart Remote designed by Sevenhugs is made to build an intuitive experience which the user doesn’t have to wonder between various remote controls for each electronic device at home. Or under the smart home scene, the user can be saved from opening up different apps working with separate connected devices.
According to Sevenhugs, the user can just point at any home device with the Smart Remote and make commands. For example, point it at the connected light to adjust the brightness, point it at the TV to turn on something to watch, or to point at the thermostats to alter the temperature. More, the user can also point at the window to ask weather forecast and point at the door to order an Uber.
It sounds like magic, thanks to its indoor positioning technology behind. By installing three motion sensors in the room and programming the position of each connected device, every time the sensor tracks the Smart Remote’s exact position in 3D space as it points at one device. Since the system already memorizes all the locations of connected devices, the Smart Remote will automatically adapt different control interfaces when pointing at each device, allowing the user to make various commands.
Grouping various connected devices into one command is also possible. The user can set up various scenes via the companion Sevenhugs Smart Remote app. For instance, as the movie scene turned on, the TV and media player will be activated and the lights will be adjusted to the preferred brightness.
The Smart Remote is designed with a 3.43-inch high definition touchscreen, which connects with other devices via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or Infrared. Each Smart Remote kit comes with the remote, one charging base and three room sensors. One set of sensors cover a room up to 100 sqm. in size.
More than 25,000 devices already support the Smart Remote, according to Sevenhugs, including Apple TV, Nest, Philips Hue, LG, Wink, Xbox, Samsung TVs and Sonos speakers. The company plans to open its API allowing developers to add more devices by June 2017. At the end of 2017, as the company said, developers will also be able to create new user cases, gestures, screens and menus on the Smart Remote.
Sevenhugs’s Smart Remote has already started the crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. The early bird price for one kit starts from $99 and the retail price will be set at $299. First shipment is planned in June 2017.