We were up talking about control systems, and seem to continue on the same line, but this time with a device more focused on staying in the living room, or at least near a TV. We talked about Onecue, an accessory that aims to control many of our devices.
The living room is populated by gadgets, each with its own way of interacting with us, which in most cases has to do with a remote control. Unify control methods are always welcome, as a convenient system is achieved, if we also include new technology, we may find ourselves with an interesting mix.
Looking at the pictures you have already related to Onecue with a device like Kinect – not loved by all – by their shapes. The idea is similar, an eye waiting for vigilant our actions to then change parameters in TV, music system, the smart thermostat, or even lights connected to WiFi.
The agreement with Microsoft device not just in the way also has a camera that records our movements. The point that the difference is in the 3-inch screen that incorporates in its front. It shows the icon that corresponds to the gadget that we are controlling.
You’ve seen it in motion, a greeting to turn on the TV, gestures to the right and left to move between connected devices, or recognition of fingers and face for more concrete actions.
The main thing to work is that all devices are operating on the same WiFi network. Onecue has more to a camera, for example, microUSB port, receiver and IR transmitter – for gadgets that are not on the network, speakers or Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.
Regardless of which Onecue interpret our gestures; it has the task to communicate with other devices, each of them with its operation interface. Therefore, walk to work with each solution specifically, for example, already have compatibility with Nest, Xbox, or Apple TV, also with Philips Hue.
Onecue settings can be made from mobile devices through an application available for iOS and Android platforms. In case of devices that work exclusively for infrared, it will be necessary to devise them with the alignment – or repeaters – so that Onecue controls them.
The developers think that the best distance so that Onecue should recognize us is between 1.2-4.8 meters. Normally we’d put it on the television with the foot that incorporates, but can also stay on a table as another device.
Onecue is a creation of the Eyesight company, that makes it to the US market to a reserve price of $129-$199 when it goes on sale. It will be available early next year.