Caavo : The Future Of Remotes

Caavo is an advanced next-generation universal remote system that make use of machine vision to operate all your TV devices in a simple and seamless way.

After using review unit for several days, it’s clear that it has the most interesting idea about  future of remote controls.Basic difference between Caavo and other universal remotes that it can see mostly everything that’s happening on your TV, and figure out what to do next based on what it sees. Other universal remotes are actually quite dumb: they just fire off preprogrammed sequences of commands without being able to confirm if things went well and you still have to find and play your shows on every device yourself.

The Caavo, in comparison, is like a little TV butler: you say “Watch Altered carbon” and it does the work of switching inputs to the device you like to watch  on, opening the right episode, and hitting play.

Setting up the Caavo is a bit of a process. When you first order a Caavo, you set up a Caavo account and enter in all your service logins: Netflix, Hulu,Amazon Prime video, HBO Go, whatever you use. This lets Caavo build watchlists for you, and even login to services on various devices for you if needed.

When the hardware arrives, its quite large in size and you’ll need to make room for it. The good news is that you can put it out someplace visible without ruining your decor — it has a number of nice-looking interchangeable wood covers. On the back, you’re looking at 8 HDMI inputs, HDMI out, two USB ports, and IR blaster port, and an Ethernet jack. (It recommends connecting to your network over Ethernet, but it has WiFi as well.) You unplug everything from your TV, plug everything into the Caavo, and plug it into your TV. If you have a home theater setup with a receiver, you plug the Caavo into that instead and it’ll sort out volume control; that’s what I did. It took about 20 minutes from opening the box to having all the cables plugged in correctly.

Caavo : The Future Of Remotes

 As Caavo has many advantages still there is one biggest limitation, that it supports 4K, but not HDR. There just isn’t a chipset that can handle it right now, the company says. I used it with my 1080p setup at home, but every mainstream TV worth buying has HDR now. If you’re buying a $400 universal remote system, you’re either the sort of person who already has an HDR set, or you’re the sort of person who might buy one in the next couple years. I don’t know about investing in an expensive remote system that can’t grow with your next TV purchase, both in terms of smart TV app control and HDR.
All that said, I found myself wanting to use the Caavo remote more often because it’s obviously smarter and more capable than other universal remotes, and Caavo’s ability to see what’s happening on your screen means that it can connect things like Alexa and an Apple TV in a way no other device can possibly do.


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