Posted By Simon Montford on Feb 5, 2015
The battle of the smart home is starting to really heat up. Every week a fresh batch of products grab our attention, but how will we choose to control all these new and exciting devices? Will we use something like Reemo or Nod that utilizes gesture control, or will we communicate with an A.I. assistant like Cubic, EmoSpark, Ubi, RobotBase or Jibo using voice command? Will there end up being one device to rule them all, or will we use several methods?
One way to control connected devices around the home is NEEO. Instead of using voice or gesture control, it uses good old fashioned touch. In fact, turns out the humble remote remains one of the simplest and easiest way to connect and control all kinds of devices around the home (NEEO has a database of more than 30,000 devices, and counting). Don't take our word for it, fans of NEEO have also given it the thumbs up on Kickstarter. The company behind the beautifully designed unit have raised in excess of $1m so far, and this total continues to increase.
The NEEO is not only smart and beautiful, but it also sports an impressive 291 ppi display - that's more pixels per inch than Apple’s iPad Retina, apparently. Another really cute feature, is 'hand recognition' that uses sensors in the remote to detect who's palm is in contact with the device, so personalised playlists, films, and favorites, are instantly displayed.
Although you can sync your phone with the "NEEO Brain", which can be pre-ordered separately for $148, we would definitely grab the combo for $199, as that remote just looks too good to ignore. The estimated shipping date is March 2015, and the company offers international shipping.
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