Multi-Room, “Follow Me” Remote
Building on UEI’s Universal Remote Control API, which makes integration and implementation of remote control features easier and more flexible, the Follow Me remote concept is applicable to Service Provider Zigbee RF4CE platforms and multi-room client-server set-top box systems, where a remote control can be as portable as the content, as it moves from room to room allowing users to pick up content viewing where they left off without any user intervention.
Touch to Share - NFC Sharing
Forrester Research predicted that the final number of NFC-enabled mobile devices shipping worldwide would more than double in 2012 to nearly 100 million. UEI embeds this emerging technology in a remote control to demonstrate easy sharing of video from smart device to connected TV and improved integration of second screen ad-related content with the primary viewing screen for synchronizing with companion apps, all with a single tap of the remote to the smartphone.
Bluetooth Smart Connectivity Solutions
UEI will demonstrate a line of connected remote and personal accessory concepts with embedded Bluetooth Smart (”low energy”) enabling a host of interesting possibilities in mobile device interactivity between remote and smartphone. These applications can extend beyond just universal AV control. For example, service providers can offer new enhanced services such as health and fitness monitoring by simply embedding these technologies in the most used device in the home, the remote control.
Ubiquitous Connectivity Solutions with Wi-Fi Direct
UEI will demonstrate the use of a Wi-Fi Direct remote to simplify integration of features such as gesture and voice control as well as user identification for a more personalized user experience. A Wi-Fi Direct solution requires minimal integration effort with host devices and no additional hardware on existing Wi-Fi implementations.
Another annual tradition for UEI at CES is their designovation showcase, blending design and user experience to create products that are both aesthetically beautiful and functional to ensure successful product adoption. This year at CES, UEI will show three new design concepts including UEI Cocoon, which uses a single AA or AAA battery integrated with a new power efficient Maxim chipset and UEI’s Low Energy IR firmware for an eco-friendly remote control solution that delivers the same performance as traditional two battery remotes in a sleek design that minimizes raw material use.