Posted Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 09:00 AM PDT by Dick Ward
One uses super capacitors, the other has a handy QWERTY board on one side, and a normal one on the other.
Remotes aren't usually something to get excited about, but the new gear rolling out from Motorola is definitely worth mentioning. If you're a cable subscriber, you've probably got a Motorola box and a Motorola remote, which makes the company's new offerings particularly significant.
The NYXboard is a QWERTY remote that's designed to work well with both traditional television viewing habits and web based services. On one side, it's a full QWERTY remote, and on the other it’s a standard TV remote. Sensors inside the remote will detect which side is up and activate those buttons accordingly.
NYXgreen is more high tech, and a bit less likely to end up coming with your cable box. Thanks to the inclusion of super capacitors the NYXgreen remote excels in battery life. Give it a USB port and 60 seconds to charge and the remote will last a full week.
The NYXboard seems like a likely inclusion with set-top boxes in the future, but the NYXgreen will be geared towards hotels. Next up for Motorola, apparently, is a remote that runs on an algae battery – no kidding.
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