Onecue from eyeSight Adds Gesture Control to Smart Home Devices
With onecue, the central controller can swap out most of your existing remotes.
Whether it was out of frustration or because you actually thought it would change the channel faster, many of you have flapped arms and hands at the TV before. Now a company named eyeSight is encouraging you to do that, all while ditching your current remote controls.
The company has announced onecue, a new device that offers control over anything in your home that already has a remote. However, instead of just adding yet another controller into the mix, onecue can handle all of those devices with a wave of a hand.
To connect the onecue, you’ll need an iOS or Android device with Bluetooth or a PC that’s connected to the device. All of the configuration is done through a free app. You don’t have to have a smartphone or tablet to configure the device, but without it, you’ll only get the basics. All of the good stuff is done through the app.
Once it’s ready, the onecue should live on top of the TV or in another central area. According to eyeSight, the onecue does need line-of-sight to handle IR devices, but you can add in repeaters if you need to wave from the next room.
Onecue has the ability to control specific devices with specific gestures, but can also group multiple devices. For instance, you can wave your hand to turn on the TV, cable box and receiver simultaneously. Other options include being able to mute, by making a “shush” motion by putting your finger to your lips.
“Every device in our homes, from the TV to the cable box to the thermostat, has its own control system and remotes, cables or apps for operation, resulting in lots of clutter and fragmentation,” says eyeSight CEO Gideon Shmuel. “To solve this problem, we developed onecue, a control center to bring together all of these devices through a natural, easy-to-use interface that leverages our years of experience in gesture recognition technology to let you experience your home through your fingertips.”
The company is currently taking pre-orders for the onecue for just $129. Once it launches next year, that cost is expected to jump to $199.
Avi Rosenthal has been in the low-voltage (IoT) industry for over 20 years. He has held numerous positions in the industry, including Vice President of Security & Control for Nortek Security and Control, Vice President of Evolve Guest Controls, a company that developed the first retro-fitable guestroom energy management system for the hospitality industry, VP of Sales and Marketing for Superna, a home control manufacturer, the National Program Manager for On-Q/Legrand, a consultant to CompUSA and many other low-voltage integration firms around the world. He co-founded one of the largest Integration firms in the US. He is currently working with numerous start-ups developing the next generation of IoT. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Avi at [email protected]
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