It’s the Su­per Re­mote!

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This isn’t a story about work­shops, or au­to­mo­tive news. But it’s some­thing that has an in­flu­ence on any­one who watches TV – find­ing the right re­mote con­trol for what you want to watch, or just lis­ten to.

For in­stance, I’ve got Sky, and a sur­round sound sys­tem with DVD, plus a TV box, and an iPod, all linked into my tele­vi­sion. It takes no fewer than SIX dif­fer­ent re­motes to op­er­ate this setup. Not ideal.

Now though, a US com­pany called Ray En­ter­prises has come up with the an­swer. A uni­ver­sal re­mote that links with no fewer than 1,200 brands and 200,000 de­vices, all of­fered in a Smart­phone-like at­trac­tive alu­minium touch screen pack­age that’s in­tu­itive to use, and is com­pat­i­ble with all pay tele­vi­sion ser­vices.

Set up in min­utes, the Ray Su­per Re­mote uses Wi-Fi, Blue­tooth, infrared and Zig­Bee to au­to­mat­i­cally connect to and con­trol thou­sands of de­vices in­clud­ing HDTVs, DVRs, set­top boxes, stream­ing me­dia play­ers, gam­ing con­soles and con­nected home de­vices.

Ray’s cus­tom re­mote func­tion­al­ity seam­lessly switches be­tween de­vices and sources with a tap of the screen. At the same time the 4.8 inch high­res­o­lu­tion touch screen of­fers users a wide ar­ray of con­tent dis­cov­ery tools, such as easy-to-use search, rec­om­men­da­tions, trend­ing and most popular, and TV pro­gram­ming pre­sented in per­son­alised and dy­namic con­tent themes. En­hanced ex­pe­ri­ences around kids pro­gram­ming and live sports are avail­able.

The Ray Su­per Re­mote has a built-in 2,550mAh lithium ion recharge­able bat­tery which will run for a day be­tween charges, and is recharged us­ing a wire­less charg­ing mat. It has an ARM dual core pro­ces­sor, plus 8GB of Flash stor­age, 1GB of RAM, and seven trans­mit­ting LEDs.

All this is not cheap, though, and the Ray re­mote is ex­clu­sively avail­able for pre-or­der at for US$199, with limited time free ship­ping.


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