DISH Network has announced that its Voice Remote, first shown at CES, is now available for DISH customers to purchase for $30. The remote combines voice search with touchpad navigation, and it can also be programmed to control two additional devices. The remote is backlit and includes a remote finder function, for those times when you misplace the controller. The Voice Remote works with the new Hopper 3 and 4K Joey clients.
DISH has launched its Voice Remote, featuring voice recognition, a clickable touchpad and backlighting. This remote controls navigation, search and content selection on Hopper 3 and 4K Joey set-top boxes.
“Voice Remote is simple to use, affordable and, most impressively, operates with incredible speed and accuracy,” said Vivek Khemka, DISH executive vice president and chief technology officer. “Leveraging modern navigation paradigms like touch and voice, this remote represents a complete reinvention of the outdated remote control customers have come to expect from cable providers.”
Roughly half the size of a traditional remote control, Voice Remote fits in the palm of the user’s hand, much like a smartphone. DISH designed the remote to interpret natural language, populating search results based on program title, actor or genre, and building contextual searches to narrow options, as desired. It also utilizes voice commands to control basic functions of the receiver, including recording and changing channels.
Voice Remote features two touchpad modes: default displays a blank touchpad allowing navigation tasks, while the numeric mode illuminates a keypad when channel or password entry is preferred.
With the ability to serve as a universal remote, Voice Remote can control up to two IR devices (TV/AUX models). New and existing Hopper 3 and 4K Joey customers can purchase Voice Remote for $30 by calling 1-800-333-DISH or visiting www.dish.com.
Hopper Voice is a universal remote with learning capabilities. It features voice control, a dual-function touchpad and an RF4CE remote control finder. The entire remote can be backlit and can last 4-6 months on two AA batteries. It is designed to easily fit in the palm of a user’s hand with dimensions of 5.59″(L) x 2.25″(W) x 1.02′(D).
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