LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Technavio’s latest report on the global remotes market provides an analysis of the most important trends expected to impact the market outlook from 2017-2021. Technavio defines an emerging trend as a factor that has the potential to significantly impact the market and contribute to its growth or decline.
The increased design innovations and development of technologically advanced remotes by the vendors will fuel the shipments of remotes in the coming years. For instance, Logitech Harmony touch universal remotes are touch-enabled remotes that deliver an enhanced user experience. Furthermore, the application of different communication technologies (ZigBee, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi) in remotes is expected to increase the shipments of remotes during the forecast period. The shipments are expected to increase due to technological advances in remotes such as voice control remotes and touch-enabled remotes.
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- Introduction of next-generation motion-sensing remotes
- Development of low-power remotes
- Introduction of voice-controlled TV remotes
Introduction of next-generation motion-sensing remotes
Infrared (IR) remotes dominated the market for most consumer electronic devices such as gaming consoles, smart TVs, and STBs. Market vendors are adopting different technologies in their remote controls to enable users to access a wide variety of digital content in a simpler and efficient way. Some of the major technologies that have emerged for remote controls include RF, ZigBee RF4CE, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi.
According to Sunil Kumar Singh, a lead computing devices research analyst from Technavio, “Radio frequency technology is gaining popularity when compared to other emerging technologies especially in smart TV and gaming console because of its improved features that overcome the restrictions associated with IR remotes. Popular gaming consoles such as Sony PlayStation 4 and Xbox one support Bluetooth, which allows users to control applications using motion control technology.”
Development of low-power remotes
Remotes are wireless devices and operate with batteries as the main power source. Consumers expect the battery life of remotes to be high because the need to change the batteries frequently in remotes becomes an inconvenience. Thus, the remote manufacturers aim to integrate technologies and components that consume less power in remotes.
“Market vendors are exploring new options to reduce power consumption, which, in turn, will increase the battery life of the remotes because of innovations in the power management of semiconductors. For instance, remote controls integrated with GreenPeak Emerald GP500 communications controller can run on an inexpensive coin cell battery for more than 15 years, which is equivalent to saving 90% of the batteries used by remote controls,” says Sunil.
Introduction of voice-controlled TV remotes
Voice recognition is a software that can convert and decode the human voice into speech that can be easily understood by a computer. It refers to the ability of a machine to receive, understand, and dictate the spoken commands. Voice recognition has become a very popular personal assistant app in smartphones and is now gaining traction in TV remotes as well.
In October 2016, Amazon launched the Fire TV Stick with Amazon Echo built-in the remote in the US. The remote allows the user to change the channel and control volume. In April 2017, it was launched in the UK. The Amazon Echo can also be integrated with Logitech Harmony, which enables the user to control TV through voice commands.
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