On Tuesday (January 13th), Cupertino, California-based NEEO launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for its self-titled thinking remote controller. Seeking to raise $50,000 the project surpassed the initial goal and has so far raised over $181,000 thanks to nearly 750 backers.
NEEO is a smart system that enables you to take control of all the devices in your home from one place. No more switching from one remote to another or from one app to another. There are two parts to NEEO, the brain and remote. The brain communicates with your devices and the remote recognizes your touch and instantly displays your favourite media and settings.
Key features of NEEO include:
- Hand recognition technology in the remote
- Antennae for Bluetooth 4.0, Bluetooth BLE (low energy) Wi-Fi, 6LowPAN, ZigBee, Z-Wave & is ready for Thread (initiated by Nest Labs & Partners)
- 360° degrees infrared coverage
- Supports TVs, Sonos, Apple TV, Roku, Philips Hue and cable boxes from including Cablevision, Verizon, Comcast
- SOS function ensures you always find your remote.
- Supports your own devices in Learning Mode.
- Lasts months on a charge
Unlike other smart home systems, the NEEO brain features antennae to support the seven major home automation standards. There are tens of thousands of devices in the unique database that NEEO has built from scratch. This allows full control for Apple TV, Sonos, Nest, HUE and many other devices, dating back over the past 10 years, right out of the box.
Co-founder of NEEO, Raphael Oberholzer stated, “Average remotes are inconvenient especially when you have one for every device and we have seen little innovation in that field in the past decades. We created NEEO so you can control all your devices instantly and with minimum effort so you’re not jumping from remote to remote or app to app. To make it even more effortless we have designed NEEO so it recognizes you when you pick it up to give the ultimate personal experience. “
The NEEO remote has built in patent-pending technology, that recognizes you when you pick it up, and displays your favorites, playlists, films or any other content instantly. The hand recognition technology also means you can set parental controls.
Crafted from a single piece of aluminum, the remote is a beautiful, easy to use device. It has a hi-res 3.2″ display with a 480×800 pixel touchscreen display – more pixels per inch than Apple’s iPad retina display – and features only the few buttons you need. Due to it’s unique low-power hardware design, NEEO runs for months without a charge; and will never get lost thanks to the SOS function, that is activated with your smartphone.
Co-founder and CTO of NEEO, Oliver Studer added, “NEEO was built to be technically outstanding and to be a beautiful addition to any room. We have used the best materials to create an elegant and stylish system that makes everyday use a pleasure. Putting a movie on is as simple as pushing one button. We can’t wait to share this with the Kickstarter community.”
NEEO’s crowdfunding campaign is set to close on February 12th.
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