Universal Electronics & Ozmo Devices Partner to Bring New Generation of Connected Remotes to Market
Embedded ultra-low-power Wi-Fi Direct solutions bring host of features and performance opportunities to connect remote controls directly to the millions of Wi-Fi-enabled devices in the home
In today’s connected homes, Wi-Fi has become the ubiquitous standard for Internet connectivity and is the de-facto connectivity solution across mobile, tablet, consumer electronics, and entertainment delivery platforms.
A new industry standard – Wi-Fi Direct – developed and certified by the
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Wi-Fi Direct creates a much more powerful Wi-Fi solution, as it enables the premier wireless networking standard to add point-to-point capability, with no need for a Wi-Fi access point. Because Wi-Fi Direct is a software add-on, there is no additional cost to the platform manufacturers over basic Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi Direct, with high throughput and compatibility with a wide array of devices, provides a reliable and future-proof platform for innovative new content control and distribution applications within the home.
Through this relationship, UEI and Ozmo plan to bring to market an end-to-end solution that leverages existing integrated Wi-Fi radios in connected devices bundled with a highly integrated, ultra-low-power, low-cost Wi-Fi Direct remote control that delivers reliable, interference-free performance and a long battery life. UEI’s Connected Remotes, with Wi-Fi Direct, provide seamless connectivity for a variety of Wi-Fi-enabled devices in the home allowing the remote to act as a traditional wireless controller using Wi-Fi’s non-line of sight capability while offering cost and performance benefits over other RF solutions.
UEI’s Connected Remote also brings a host of benefits to today’s connected consumers, where an estimated 70% of tablet users use their tablets while watching television. Through Wi-Fi Direct, UEI’s Connected Remotes will be able to wirelessly connect to tablets and add them to the control ecosystem, providing a simpler, more user-friendly TV viewing experience.
Current “IR bridge” solutions are expensive and hard to set up with limited appeal to mainstream consumers because the “bridge” has no consumer benefit when the tablet is absent.
UEI’s Connected Remote will bring added value in leveraging the rich user interface of those touch screen devices by enabling:
- a lean forward control experience when a tablet is used and a lean back experience with the connected remote when the tablet is removed;
- zero set-up and configuration of the UEI touch screen control app so users can be up and running in minutes; and
- Wi-Fi Direct integration that adds minimal component cost to the traditional remote but delivers a huge value-add in terms of performance and connectivity.
“With the ability to connect our remotes to many Wi-Fi devices in the
home, we will be able to bring a host of new features and services that
will make the remote control, not only an integral feature, but also a
key component of the connected home,” said
“Leveraging the ubiquitous Wi-Fi infrastructure and our current
technology roadmap, we believe we have a strong market advantage
compared to existing wireless remote control technologies like RF4CE and
UEI and Ozmo will be demonstrating new product concepts surrounding
their partnership at the International Consumer Electronics Show in
About Ozmo Devices
Ozmo Devices is the leading provider of low-power Wi-Fi PAN solutions.
Ozmo Devices extends the functionality of Wi-Fi-enabled platforms to
seamlessly communicate with peripherals. Ozmo Devices’ silicon solution
delivers superior performance for low-power wireless peripherals like
mice and headsets. Ozmo Devices is backed by top-tier venture capital
firms and managed by semiconductor industry veterans. The company is
Founded in 1986,
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