It appears like Roku is engaged on a brand new distant that incorporates a rechargeable Li-ion battery. In a Reddit post noticed by The Streamable (by way of Zats Not Funny), somebody within the firm’s Early Entry Program shared an advert that particulars the Roku Voice Distant Professional. Along with a chargeable battery and a microphone for voice instructions, the $30 accent features a characteristic for locating the machine if it ever will get misplaced, an audio jack for personal listening and customizable shortcuts. That final bit is especially thrilling since far too many remotes, together with Roku’s older ones, include pre-defined shortcuts.
“We’re at all times engaged on bringing new merchandise and options to Roku customers, and a part of that course of is publicly testing new concepts with a small set of our clients,” a spokesperson for Roku instructed The Streamable when the web site reached out to ask in regards to the advert. The Reddit thread additionally consists of feedback from individuals who have had an opportunity to check the machine. “It’s simply the perfect distant Roku has put out up to now,” stated Reddit user Gnascher. “It incorporates all of the options of the opposite top-tier remotes whereas additionally including “Hey Roku”-style voice management (that works rather well in my expertise) and a built-in battery.”
There’s no phrase but on when (or if) Roku plans to launch the Voice Distant Professional to the general public. The February nineteenth ‘launch date’ listed on the advert seems to have been solely relevant to these within the Early Entry Program.