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