Israeli company eyeSight wants to replace all your remotes and a hefty portion of your smart controls with the Onecue Smart Remote. But this is no ordinary remote controller filled with buttons or touchscreens. Instead, it’s a device that sits on your entertainment system and waits to read your hand movements. That’s right – Onecue wants to replace your old-fashioned buttons with basic hand gestures.
The attraction lies in the ability to control multiple devices around your home from your living room seat, without getting up and without digging out the right remote. All you have to do make the right hand motions in the direction of the Onecue, and it will take care of the rest. The company also points out that you’ll never need to dig for a remote again when taking care of simple commands, although more complex adjustments probably will require a switch back to the original controllers.
What sorts of motions will work with this universal remote? Well, Onecue doesn’t want you accidentally turning the thermostat up to 100 degrees with the wave of a hand, so its programmed movements are a bit more precise: The examples include changing channels by opening and closing your hand, swiping your hand through the air to move through menu screens, waving to turn the entertainment system on, and shushing the system to turn on mute.
Onecue Smart Remote vs. Competitors
If you have been following the progression of tech devices, this may remind you quite a lot of the Xbox One and its Kinect, which came with a variety of motion commands and tied into your TV and receiver so that you could control everything with a wave of your hand or a specific command. And from the entertainment system perspective, there is definitely some similarity between the two products.
However, the Onecue smart remote differs from the Xbox One in several key ways. You don’t need to buy an expensive game console to make it work. The Kinect, while based on motion controls, also handles a variety of voice commands, while the Onecue is limited to hand motions, for better or worse (if you like voice commands, consider the Amazon Echo, a similar device designed to work specifically with voice orders). Also, the Kinect works with the entertainment system, but that’s it. Onecue is designed to work throughout the smart home, operating a variety of devices.
Onecue Compatibility and Wi-Fi
So, what devices does Onecue play nice with? Essentially anything that already uses a remote. The device is designed to work with IR technology, so all the infrared devices in your house are fair game.
As it stands, Onecue can essentially replace all of your living room remotes for TVs, satellites, receivers, set-top boxes and so forth. It can also replace other remotes around your home if you have line-of-sight to some remote lighting controls, for example.
But wait, there’s more! Onecue also comes with some wireless Internet compatibility. This Wi-Fi bonus really opens up the possibilities, because with it Onecue can connect to smart devices throughout your home, as long as they process command through Wi-Fi and have compatibility with Onecue.
So far, only a few devices have that aforementioned compatibility, but there are some big names on the list: You can use the universal remote to control Apple TV, Xbox, the Nest thermostat, and Philips Hue light bulbs. The inclusion of Nest on the list could hint at further plans to include other Google smart devices in the future if Onecue expands compatibility throughout the platform, and the makers have stated that they intend to add new smart devices to the list in the future.
Pricing and Availability
If the gesture-based tech behind the Onecue smart remote sounds like something you may be interested in, you can purchase one…if you are willing to wait for a bit. Onecue is shipping in early 2015. The good news is that you can preorder one at a reduced price, down from $200 to $129. You can also pick out the right color to best match your other entertainment system options.
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