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New Motorola Remote Control!


I don’t get to write very often about a Motorola product that falls squarely into the gadget category, so today’s news is both cool and rare. Motorola has announced a new remote control and charging station for the VIP series of IPTV set-tops. The MotoCharger 1000 includes a “find” feature where a switch on the base station triggers a sound and flashing light from the remote control itself. It’s powered via wall outlet or set-top USB port, capable of learning different functions, and even includes a digital clock display on the charging station.

I love this remote control – in no small part because I’ve lost remotes in my house more times than I can count. But possibly more important than the actual device is the fact that it shows how accessories can be added to a set-top through a standard USB connection. Simple really, but compelling.

Now here are some more specs:

  • Finder range up to 30 feet
  • Learning IR frequency: 30-100 kHz
  • Battery life: 4 months stand-by, 1 month heavy use
  • Remote control: width- 2.25″; length- 7.5″; weight- 0.25 lb
  • Base station: width- 2.625″; length- 7.81″; weight- 0.60 lb

I’m planning some hands-on time with the remote control in the Motorola booth at CES, so stay tuned for more pics.

UPDATED: We have video! See the find function in action

9 Responses

  1. It looks like the child of a TiVo peanut and a Comcast 3-1 Universal. I like the finder functionality though.

  2. All the cool stuff comes out for the VIP boxes. Cool guides, cool features and now cool remotes. When will the DCH series set tops see any love?

  3. Brian- Did you catch in the video that the finder “tone” sounds like a cell phone ring?

    cypherstream- It’s all about what people and MSOs want to pay for. BTW, I heard news recently on the DCX line. Apparently larger operators are completing final trials. Hoping to have deployment details in the not-too-distant future.

  4. Thanks for the update Mari!

  5. […] Motorola announced the new remote control with “find” feature before CES, there was no official word that it was for AT&T’s U-verse service. However, in […]

  6. […] Remote Control Posted on May 14, 2009 by Mari Silbey At CES this year Motorola announced a new rechargeable IPTV remote control complete with “find” feature, USB port, and digital clock.  Now there’s word […]

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