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Universal Electronics to Debut Nevo Butler Smart Home Hub at CES

UEI Nevo Butler voice control device combined with ‘Works with QuickSet’ program aimed at enabling broad third-party interoperability.

Universal Electronics to Debut Nevo Butler Smart Home Hub at CES
Universal Electronics' Nevo Butler is the latest entrant into the voice control smart home space.

CE Pro Editors · January 3, 2019

Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) (NASDAQ: UEIC) is tackling the smart home with the debut of its Nevo Butler end-to-end smart home hub with a built-in voice control, and a broader “Works with QuickSet” program that allows for seamless device interoperabililty. The device will launch at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2019) in Las Vegas next week (Sands #42325).

The unit is powered by UEI’s QuickSet Cloud and is “capable of addressing a wide range of the current installed base of devices in consumers’ homes, addressing a range of use cases and innovative new services in the smart home,” according to a press release.

Among the features of Nevo Butler are:

  • Compatibility with third-party digital assistants.
  • Far-field voice assistant platform that enables service providers to bring voice assistant capabilities for content discovery and control to existing pay-TV households without the need to upgrade current equipment.
  • As a managed, white label smart home hub with a built-in digital assistant, the device allows home smart home brands to manage their installed base of devices, and address cross-brand interoperability with existing digital assistants and smart home hubs through UEI’s QuickSet Interoperability as a Service program.
  • In residential and hospitality segments, the system enables converged services across entertainment, home safety and security, energy management, and more.
  • Access to a growing ecosystem of devices through “Works With QuickSet” program, and channel specific Kits offered to accelerate market introduction.
  • New service and monetization opportunities through Partner Service Marketplace initially previewing services in connectivity, analytics, cybersecurity and digital well-being.

Nevo Butler Controllable via ZigBee, Bluetooth

As a managed smart home hub with far field voice assistant capabilities, Nevo Butler is designed with security in mind with the UE878 multiprotocol chip built-in and pre-integrated with QuickSet Cloud to offer smart home device control across IP, ZigBee, ZigBee rf4ce, Bluetooth Smart, and Infrared.

Nevo Butler also comes pre-integrated with nevo.ai digital assistant offered as a white label service, and is capable of supporting other voice assistants in the platform.

Nevo Butler supports a simple, cloud-based, natural language interface to enable conversational device interactions, but also adds offline pre-defined voice commands. In addition to its voice-enabled control, Nevo Butler is offered in channel-specific kits bundled with a range of certified devices that include safety and security sensors, energy management controllers, and IoT lighting products.

“With Nevo Butler, we are delivering on the promise of unifying experiences across devices in the home – the entertainment device where consumers spend nearly 5 hours a day – and other smart home devices and services,” says Arsham Hatambeiki, SVP of Product and Technology for Universal Electronics Inc.

“This solution puts brands back at the forefront of the consumer experience, enabling consumers to interact with products and services without going through a single, global service and brings with it the confidence of device compatibility and interoperability.”



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Comments

Posted by HBlaugh on March 8, 2019

Agree most likely implemented in Cable Company first; CES demo showed ease of STB setup and voice operation.  Also agree one of our favored HA partners should harness NEVO powerful voice backend.  Original NEVO was really good. Made plea for reviving NEVO to a customer on UEI board around that time.  Could new NEVO provide CE channel more secure and profitable voice assistant platform?  Lead with privacy and cyber security.

Posted by loren roetman on January 5, 2019

I personally sold, installed and programmed nearly 100 Q50 and Q70s. I and my clients were by and large totally pleased with the Nevo systems. I estimate that there are still many out there in service plugging along. That said, when UEI left us all swinging in the breeze, I was, to say the least very disappointed. From where I sit, I don’t expect to be consulted as a CEDIA-type dealer, we don’t have the resources to put a white label package like this together. I see this as a play for a much larger piece of the pie. @iKnowTech, I don’t see us as the CI Channel even having the choice or opportunity to give a positive reception. If some large player puts a viable system together that meets our client’s needs and “allows” us to make a fair profit, we would be very short-sighted if we didn’t even give it a first long look. In fact, this looks like something that Savant or Crestron or RTI (probably not URC…) will incorporate into their systems if they are smart, and we know that they are. This is a very positive and promising development. Open minds everybody, open minds make full pockets.

Posted by iKnowTech on January 4, 2019

Cant imagine UEI is going to get much positive reception from the Custom Install Channel on this, after they abandoned both previous Nevo line of remotes in the US, and left dealers in a lurch supporting some expensive remotes with no manufacturer backing.  I know there is no way I would even give this a first look.

Posted by iKnowTech on January 4, 2019

Cant imagine UEI is going to get much positive reception from the Custom Install Channel on this, after they abandoned both previous Nevo line of remotes in the US, and left dealers in a lurch supporting some expensive remotes with no manufacturer backing.  I know there is no way I would even give this a first look.

Posted by loren roetman on January 5, 2019

I personally sold, installed and programmed nearly 100 Q50 and Q70s. I and my clients were by and large totally pleased with the Nevo systems. I estimate that there are still many out there in service plugging along. That said, when UEI left us all swinging in the breeze, I was, to say the least very disappointed. From where I sit, I don’t expect to be consulted as a CEDIA-type dealer, we don’t have the resources to put a white label package like this together. I see this as a play for a much larger piece of the pie. @iKnowTech, I don’t see us as the CI Channel even having the choice or opportunity to give a positive reception. If some large player puts a viable system together that meets our client’s needs and “allows” us to make a fair profit, we would be very short-sighted if we didn’t even give it a first long look. In fact, this looks like something that Savant or Crestron or RTI (probably not URC…) will incorporate into their systems if they are smart, and we know that they are. This is a very positive and promising development. Open minds everybody, open minds make full pockets.

Posted by HBlaugh on March 8, 2019

Agree most likely implemented in Cable Company first; CES demo showed ease of STB setup and voice operation.  Also agree one of our favored HA partners should harness NEVO powerful voice backend.  Original NEVO was really good. Made plea for reviving NEVO to a customer on UEI board around that time.  Could new NEVO provide CE channel more secure and profitable voice assistant platform?  Lead with privacy and cyber security.