Savant Remote intros Smart Home Entertainment concept, arrives mid-2016

posted on Friday, 20th November 2015 by Steve May

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Savant has confirmed that its new Savant Remote, first seen at this year’s CEDIA Expo, will go on sale during summer 2016. The device couples the convenience of a universal remote with integrated Smart home automation. The company says the Savant Remote has been designed to simplify the entertainment experience for consumers, providing a single interface to control devices like Sonos, Apple TV, Sky and other set top boxes.

A high-resolution touchscreen eliminates the need for extra buttons. Control is via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Voice commands can be used for power on/off, channel choice or device selection. Users can also employ voice controls to activate dedicated Savant Scenes, for example ‘Relax’ to call up a music playlist. There are personalised profiles for household members, as well as guests.  

The Savant Remote is actually part of a new range of wireless devices that includes the Savant Remote, Host, and Blaster (pictured below). The Host is intended to be the centre of every Savant Home solution, creating a home automation experience.

All have been designed in collaboration with award-winning design studio Ammunition, led by industrial designer Robert Brunner, and feature tech trickled down from the Savant PRO line.

Savant _Host

Savant _Blaster

“This new affordable line of products builds on our years of experience in the luxury market, designing technology that makes enjoying home easier and more personal,” says William Lynch, Savant CEO. “Our aim with the new Savant Remote was to create an easy to use but incredibly powerful entertainment interface, and address the major sources of frustration with traditional and universal remotes.”

Also at CEDIA Expo, Savant announced the Savant PRO Remote, an add-on for existing Savant PRO systems. It’s due for release early 2016 along with an enhanced Savant PRO app (v8.0).

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Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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