With a high-def touchscreen and voice control, this is only remote you’ll ever need.
If you’ve never heard of Savant Systems, you’re not alone. And if you happen to have their technology installed in your home, chances are you’re in the one percent of the top one percent. Just to give you an idea of how rich we’re talking, the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs used the company to automate his super yacht. Now, the Cape Cod-based company is looking to make their high-end gadgetry a bit more accessible for the masses with its new product, the Savant Remote.
Their latest product still comes with a pretty hefty price tag, though. And rightfully so. After all, the brand has become the Rolls-Royce of smart home equipment. Aside from the $499 remote, the system will come with a hub that communicates to third-party devices, like Roku’s streaming video box, Sonos speakers, Philips Hue lighting and even Apple TV, over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. That’s not all. Each box will also ship with a charging base and a wireless blaster that lets you reach cable boxes and receivers outside of your Savant Remote’s line of sight.
At the moment, the company tells Forbes that the remote will focus primarily on entertainment, allowing users to set “scenes” to start syncing their gadgets. For example, you can add lamp control to set the mood for movie night or sound a morning playlist to jumpstart your day. Not to mention, you can command everything using nothing more than your voice. When it’s time to hit the hay, simply press the microphone button and wish yourself a “goodnight” to turn everything off. Say “Apple TV’ to browse for a new movie or “Relax” to cue up a mellow Sonos tunes and dim the lights. Right now, the universal remote can integrate with more than 380,000 of today’s most popular products.
This slick handheld unit is equipped with all of the standard buttons and functions you’d typically find on any remote (play and pause, fast forward and rewind). What’s more, it boasts a high-resolution touchscreen on top, which displays three different screens for your favorite channels, controllable services and scene options, along with a microphone. As Forbes reveals, the Savant Remote features an Atmel processor at its core, a Bluetooth module for communication and runs on the Android operating system.
Perhaps Savant CEO William Lynch summed it up best when he told the magazine, “There’s a lot of crap out there in the Internet of Things market. We’re not launching some $25 remote to get into 10 million homes. We want to do things right.” Interested? You won’t have to wait too long to get your hands on one as the remote will be available in early December. Until then, head over to its page to learn more.