Savant has announced a new smart remote.
The Savant Remote, with a price tag of $500, is striving to be something of a universal remote for controlling clients’ smart home needs.
What can it do? For now, it has an entertainment-based focus. It allows clients to “set scenes,” such as dimming the lights for a romantic movie night or playing music when you enter the home.
It features an HD touch screen on the front of the remote, Sphinx voice recognition software, an Atmel processor, Bluetooth radio, and it runs on an Android operating system.
Could the Savant remote be key for luxury builders looking to offer full control to their clients? There will certainly be some hesitations.
For one, Savant has competition in the form of the Logitech Harmony, a remote made for controlling home entertainment and automation devices. Secondly, in a growing Internet of Things industry where controlling the world with your smart phone or tablet is becoming easier and easier, is a remote actually necessary or just a cash grab from Savant?