HDAnywhere (HDA) has launched the uControl Remote (Stand 3Q200, Integrated Systems Europe, Fira Barcelona), a slender hand-held, hard button interface to control all the devices connected to an HDA system and more. According to the company, this product brings users a unified whole-home AV experience, with endless entertainment and scene-setting options, that’s more affordable than comparable solutions while still being an attractive proposition for installers.
The uControl Remote provides integrators with an easy-to-use, dedicated, and customizable hand-held remote that they can specify into any HDA installation. It features an instantly understandable, intuitively placed button layout, ergonomically designed to encourage muscle memory, with an OLED screen that gives all the necessary information. When picked up from the charging mat, the uControl Remote’s wireless charging and instant-on capabilities ensure that it is always ready to use.
Combining Wi-Fi and infrared technology, the uControl Remote allows integrators to power on and control all the audio-visual technology in a room as well as third-party systems, including Rako, Hue, Lutron, GUDE, BluOS, and Shelly, among others. This new device features 44 buttons, including a number pad, navigation wheel, volume and channel up or down, and play/pause — all have an actual button, including guide and information, plus the essential red, green, yellow, and blue buttons. Dedicated uControl favorites (macro) buttons mean a single press can trigger a quick action, routine, sequence, or scene.
Setup is a guided step-by-step process within the uControl App, powered by the HDA Cloud. Once assigned to a zone, the uControl Remote can immediately locate and control the technology in that space. Further levels of customization are possible for a more refined experience. For example, installers can assign sequences to buttons, long press actions, secondary functions, and more. The uControl Remote is compatible with all HDA MHUB systems with uControl (2016 onwards).
ISE is the first public outing for the new remote control, where visitors to Barcelona can get hands-on and play with the uControl Remote at HDAnywhere Stand 3Q200 in the Multi-Technology Hall.
Expected shipping Q3 2023. Final pricing and pre-order info will be announced closer to the ship date.
For more information, visit hdanywhere.com and uControl.world, or contact Apex Technologies US (https://www.apex-tech.us/), distributor of HDA in the USA.