SureMote app for Android aims to make your Smartphone the only Universal Remote
Most of the top tier smartphones come with an IR blaster, which means you can control your home theater system. That sounds great, but the apps that OEMs offer are still quite limited. For example, you can’t create activities (or macros) that allow you to turn on several devices with the proper inputs/outputs with one button. You also can’t control any devices that have WiFi control such as certain smart TVs and media players. Well SureMote might be exactly what the doctor ordered.
The SureMote app by Tekoia will finally allow you to remove all those extra remotes from your coffee table. It will not only utilize the IR blaster on your phone, but it will also communicate with devices via WiFi. This not only brings your complete entertainment center to the palm of your hands, but also other appliances and home automation setups.
Setup is a breeze as well. Like most universal remotes, SureMote will have a database of just about every IR compatible device ever made. Just punch in your brands and model numbers and you will be good to go. WiFi device compatibility is still a work in progress. For starters, SureMote works with LG smart TVs, but they will be adding more models very soon.
You might be asking yourself why you would need a universal remote that works via WiFi when your TV also works with IR? That is a good question. Sure, IR can change your channel and adjust the volume, but when you get into navigating the smart features of your TV, WiFi is going to make it a lot easier. Universal remotes won’t let you type in (or speak) the name of a movie or TV show. SureMote includes a keyboard, not to mention gesture mouse control and the ability to share photos to your devices.
Tekoia showed off SureMote at Computex and is readying a Play Store release in July. They have big plans for later in the year as well, but I can’t talk about those just yet. If you own a LG smart TV, you might want to check it out, but even if you don’t, you will still be able to do more things with your phone, assuming it does have an IR blaster. So look for the new app in July, and take a look at the screenshots and video below.
Tekoia Launches SureMote – First Easy-to-Use Smart Universal Remote App with both WiFi and InfraRed to Control Smart TVs and Legacy Appliances
At Computex, Tekoia will demo SureMote, highlighting LG SmartTV and second screen capability; makes need for multiple clunky remotes obsolete
Ramat Gan, Israel – May 30, 2014 – The SureMote smartphone universal remote app – the first designed to be both easy to use and fully customizable right from the phone — will be demo’ed a Computex. [See demo video here: http://youtu.be/–86xsJVA74] SureMote from Tekoia controls smart media streaming devices and legacy appliances using either WiFi or the phone’s infrared (IR) capability, all from the same app. The SureMote Computex demo (NANGANG Sky Dome – booth# 0436) highlights the LG SmartTV and its media streaming capabilities, as well as controlling infrared appliances, such as Apple TV and the iRobot Roomba vacuum.
A typical family has four old remotes which are hard to use, non-standard and only control a limited number of devices each. Considering that remote controls were first introduced by Nikola Tesla in 1898, these devices have not made much progress in more than a century. Developing a universal remote app that is easy to use, hard to lose and works with WiFi and infrared has been a surprisingly hard problem.
Today, with the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), the SureMote smartphone universal remote app is poised to control almost everything in your house starting with legacy IR appliances as well the new generation of WiFi-driven smart appliances. Using proprietary technology developed by Tekoia, SureMote runs on Android devices and is a platform for development of additional Smart Living functions needed for the IoT.
The SureMote design followed the principle of “Do Not Make Me Think,” to create a smartphone remote app that revolutionizes the remote control user experience.
“SureMote is taking the legacy problems of remotes and moving to the future, where the Internet of Things will be controlling so many devices in the home,” said Viktor Ariel, founder and CEO, Tekoia. “With SureMote we are focusing on innovation in the user experience and innovative communication technology to create a universal smartphone remote app designed from a user’s point of view. We do not see the remote as an afterthought so the design is appealing. It is a painkiller solution for both appliance makers and users.”
Features of the SureMote smartphone remote app
The SureMote universal remote app:
- Will be available from the PlayStore in July, 2014
- Works as is with smartphones, no additional hardware necessary
- Runs on Android devices with iOS version coming later this year
- Is a standards-based solution supporting UPnP as the main communication protocol, OIPF command set and a secure encryption layer
- Includes a new and easy-to-use interface with novel controls like the keyboard, mouse, gyro and voice to make it a fully functioning, easy-to-navigate remote
Tekoia is pioneering a new platform for remote control that puts users in the center of the remotely-controlled universe. Tekoia’s Smart Universal Remote (SURE) platform connects between users, appliances and vendors. It is based on unique proprietary technologies that enable a complete smart universal remote solution for WiFi-connected digital media appliances as well as IR legacy appliances using the same smartphone app. An Israel-based company, Tekoia is founded by an experienced management team with expertise in mobile devices, consumer electronics, and collaboration with leading technology companies. For more information visit www.tekoia.com