Brando Unveils New HTPC Remote

Posted Mon Mar 8, 2010 at 10:00 AM PST by Mike Attebery

The Rii remote from Brando is aimed at the all around computer use, but its 90 degree flip feature makes it an incredibly cool home theater remote.

Yes it’s called the Rii. Yes, the website is replete with spelling and grammar errors; the battery is reported to “endurable for up to 1 mouth,” and of its style the site states that “simplicity is no simple.” All that aside, the Rii Mini Wireless Keyboard is actually pretty cool.

To start with, it’s nice and small. At around fifteen centimeters long and sixty centimeters deep, the Rii is compact. It operates on the 2.4Ghz frequency and connects to your PC thanks to an included USB dongle. It’s got a laptop style touch pad and a full QWERTY keyboard.

The thing that makes the Rii unique is the 90 degree flip feature. If you’ve used a keyboard style remote control before, you know that the keyboard itself is used for a fairly small amount of time when browsing for content. The rest of the time, it’s the touchpad and directional buttons.

The Rii’s 90 degree flip feature lets you stop holding the remote like a keyboard and start holding it like a remote. With the touch of a button, the directional keys and touch pad will respond to inputs with a 90 degree difference from how they otherwise would. In other words, you can hit the button, turn the remote sideways, and still use it properly.

Source; Brando

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