Apple would be well advised to copy the good ideas of the new Alexa Pro remote

Remote controls are a necessary evil, but the worst thing about using them is losing them! Who hasn’t wasted precious time looking for that damn telco that was finally warm in the stomach of the baby dog ? Amazon has solved this vital problem with the new Alexa Pro Remote.

Sold €39.99, the accessory is indeed equipped with a localization function! By throwing off the cuff ” Alexa, find my remote », bim, it will emit a ring tone via its loudspeaker. It is also possible to press the location button in the Fire TV application (if you have not lost your smartphone).

If only Apple had thought of slipping a U1 chip into the Siri Remote, we could have had something even better with the Quick Locate feature. But it was Amazon who first launched into this niche. The Alexa Pro phone is compatible with most Fire TV devices, but also with many TVs, sound bars or audio-video receivers.

As a bonus – and here too Apple would have been well inspired to do the same – the Amazon accessory includes two programmable keys to quickly access your favorite content (channels, applications) as well as Alexa commands (for example to activate a home automation scene that will dim the lights). The buttons also have the good taste of being backlit.


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