A new global standard for advanced remote controls replaces 30-year-old infrared technology with radio frequency control.
Zigbee Remote Control, announced today by Zigbee Alliance, aims to eliminate pointing confusion and other performance problems related to IR remotes. The RF technology allows two-way communication between the remote and device and enables the use of the remote from as far away as nearby rooms.
Zigbee Remote Control also features:
Ability to locate misplaced remote controls
Common command set for true interoperability eliminating the need for multiple remote controls
Control of equipment stored almost anywhere, including behind wood and glass doors or in other rooms
Enhanced user interfaces and advanced display capabilities
New interactive capabilities and the ability to navigate content on the remote’s LCD
Over-the-air upgrades and programmability
“ZigBee Remote Control offers electronics manufacturers a global standard to simplify control of a wide variety of CE devices and improve their customer experience,” said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. “Consumers will enjoy new conveniences that give them more flexibility in the way they use their CE devices for years to come.”