Websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo are home to great innovations, but they also host plenty of crazy projects we can live without. This is why we created the ‘Crowdfunding project of the week’ series, where we highlight the hottest gadgets from this category. Shall we check out today’s featured product?
Other featured crowdfunding projects:
- GearEye keeps track of all your equipment
- SPUD is a portable 24-inch monitor
- Remix IO is an Android 4K set-top box, PC and gaming console
The remote craze continues to be one of the biggest annoyances in many homes. I, for one, can’t manage to keep track of all my remotes. I have one for my sound system, another for my TV, another for my BluRay player and so on. A stranger would probably never know what to do with all these wireless machines.
This is why we believe the Sevenhugs Smart Remote is an interesting product to showcase in this article series. This remote control promises to work with everything… and we mean everything! It is not just a simple remote that can control your home entertainment system; this little guy can manage your smart home products and even perform its own unique functions.
Let’s expand a little more on this. The Sevenhugs Smart Remote comes with a nifty screen that customizes its switches when you point at any operable appliance. Point at your TV and you will get your power, volume and channel controls (among other things). Point at the lights and you will be able to either dim or turn on/off. But then you can also get more interesting – how about pointing at your driveway to order an Uber ride? Totally possible.
This is because the Sevenhugs Smart Remote works with all major communications standards: IR, Bluetooth and WiFi. And it supports a plethora of smart services, including Sonos, Nest, Hue, WeMo, Roku, Apple TV, The Weather Channel and many other services.
But… how does it even know what you are pointing at? That is a very important factor. Sevenhugs has put together its own location-aware technology, which consists of sensors you place around your living area. These can locate your remote’s location and direction, giving the system precise information to know what you want to control.
Pretty awesome, right? And you guessed it: it won’t really be cheap. Retail price is estimated to be $299 once the remote launches. If you want to back this Kickstarter campaign, that price can be taken down to as low as $149 (as of the time of this article’s publishing).
Who is signing up?!