January 15, 2015
While universal remotes are primarily used to control cable boxes and TVs, Cupertino-based startup NEEO is taking the idea a step further. The company claims its universal remote can control a home theater system and almost every smart device that a homeowner could imagine. The NEEO touchscreen remote works with over 30,000 Internet-connected gadgets such as the Nest, Philips Hue and others. It also uses hand recognition software to create profiles for each user.
NEEO’s hand recognition software sets it apart from Logitech Harmony’s remotes, which also control smart home devices. This hand recognition technology creates user profiles, so that whoever picks up the remote will see the controls for their favorite devices. The software can create multiple profiles and provide a guest mode for visitors.
The remote is designed to work right out of the box with a variety of different smart devices. The library of gadgets makes setup easy and the remote can connect via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 6LowPAN, ZigBee, Z-Wave and Thread.
“The IR blasters built-into the hub cover a 360-degree range, and it has a learning mode for teaching it the IR codes of any gadget it doesn’t already support,” TechCrunch reports.
The co-founders of NEEO have worked in the home automation sector for 25 years between them. They just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the full-scale production. The functional prototype is already complete, so the startup plans to ship its first batch of remotes in April.