RTI and Pro Control Show Companion Remote Concept
RTI and Pro Control believe that there are major limitations to using smartphones and tablets as remote controls, and they are going to offer companion remote controls to complement control apps. The companion remotes were among the new products the companies were showing at CEDIA Expo 2011.
RTI's SURFiR remote works with iOS so users can still multitask on their device without having to constantly re-open the app, and the remote allows users to have that tactile feel that an actual remote with buttons gives.
"Many consumers love using their iPad or iPhone to access their electronics system. However, using such devices presents a few limitations, including the lack of tactile control and the numerous screen swipes it can take to perform basic functions," said Pete Baker, vice president of sales and marketing for RTI. "We are excited to introduce our revolutionary SURFiR companion remote at this year's CEDIA EXPO, to bring a complete, powerful control experience to Apple enthusiasts."