Remote control specialist Ruwido has launched a ‘companion box’, a solution that connects smartphones to the TV to individualise content and personalise the viewing experience.
The companion box consists of hardware and software solutions. The hardware component is able to send infrared commands and connect to the living room or set-top box WLAN. The software comes in the form of an application for smartphones. In the initial version, the companion box enables users to control all their infra-red devices in the living room including DVD player, sound system and set-top box.
“Companion box is all about individualisation and making the multi-device, multi-function experience in the living room a far more enjoyable and less complicated process,” said Ferdinand Maier, managing director, Ruwido. “With such a variety of different functions available, we are literally putting control into the hands of the user. We’re not replacing the remote control, but providing the private functionality users seek to enhance their experience on all public devices in the living room – including the main TV screen. With the different tasks that can be performed, users will get far more out of their entertainment experience, leading to increased satisfaction and reduced churn.”
Ruwido will be exhibiting at IBC and Stand 1.F68