Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI), (NASDAQ:UEIC), the worldwide leader in universal control and sensing technologies for the smart home, has partnered with Sevenhugs to power its new product called Smart Remote, a touchscreen universal remote that makes it incredibly easy to control devices that currently require a remote or app. Sevenhugs will be using UEIs cloud database to gain near real-time access to UEIs comprehensive list of infrared devices and control codes.
Smart Remote by Sevenhugs recently received the best new product award in the Smart Home category at CES 2017 and is the worlds first consumer product that integrates an indoor positioning system. When you point Smart Remote at a device, it automatically displays an easy to use screen to control what you are pointing at, providing instant and intuitive multi-device control. Smart Remote can be used to control everything in the house, from television and music to heating and lighting. You can even use Smart Remote or order an Uber by simply pointing at your front door.
Seamless control of entertainment devices using infrared technology is a critical feature for Smart Remote, says Simon Tchedikian, CEO of Sevenhugs. Thanks to UEIs extensive IR code database, Smart Remote users will be able to quickly add and control all their favorite devices via infrared. We are excited to be able to offer to Smart Remote users the most comprehensive database available on the market.
Menno Koopmans, Managing Director of UEI, says: Our universal database in the QuickSet Cloud is the most deployed in the world, and is currently being used by millions of devices. Simon and the Sevenhugs team have developed an exciting new product, and we are proud that our technology and intellectual property is at the heart of it.
QuickSet is UEIs most advanced software solution for entertainment devices, enabling effortless set-up and control for an intuitive, simple user experience. It is deployed in millions of devices worldwide by leading manufacturers, including televisions, music and home cinema audio systems, set-top boxes, OTT players, game consoles, smartphones, tablets and more.
Sevenhugs, which has raised over $17 million and an additional $1.4 million via crowdfunding, is currently taking reservations for Smart Remote at Sevenhugs.com. Smart Remote will be available at leading retailers in North America and Europe in Spring 2018.
Sevenhugs creates connected home products and services designed to simplify the smart home experience and make all controllable devices incredibly easy to use. Based in San Francisco and Paris, Sevenhugs was founded in 2014 by Simon Tchedikian, Stephane Jaubertou, Lionel Marty, and Olivier Mandine. Sevenhugs has raised over $17M to date, including a $14M Series A in June 2016.