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Sideclick transforms your media streamer remote into a universal remote in seconds

By Shawn Knight
Apr 24, 2015
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  1. sideclick roku kickstarter apple tv set-top box remote amazon fire tv stick media streamer media streaming amazon fire tv true bloom

    Streaming set-top boxes are the go-to solution for cord cutters yet as with any new audio / video device, it means adding another remote control to the mix. True Bloom has come up with a clever solution to the set-top box conundrum – an add-on accessory for your existing media streamer remote that’ll allow you to put away your television controller (and perhaps others, too).

    Sideclick snaps onto your existing streaming remote, adding additional buttons that can be used to control your television and external audio source (if applicable).

    There are four models available, one for each of the four most popular streaming devices: Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick and Apple TV. Each version allows the primary streaming remote to snap right into place and through the use of IR learning technology, the add-on remote can be programmed in less than a minute.

    Again, it can be programmed to control multiple devices meaning you can power up your television then your stereo receiver or sound bar to control the volume. Each Sideclick is designed to resemble the remote it will be paired with and best yet, it’s much cheaper than most universal remotes.

    Pricing starts at $25 on Kickstarter for a single Sideclick (you specify the model). The campaign has already raised more than $80,000 but still has a long way to go to reach its $150,000 funding goal. With 27 days remaining, however, there’s a solid chance that this could get funded.

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  2. insect

    insect TS Evangelist Posts: 315   +114

    Neat... but my phone is my universal remote now.
     
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,476   +2,034

    But can't a lot of smartphones with the built in IR blaster do the same thing? My phone has it built in but I don't use or even know how to set it up but I can figure it out if I wanted. I don't watch TV clinging onto my phone, I'm still old school, I use a remote per device and that's the way I like it.
     
  4. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,541   +2,337

    Please. I know a guy who still watches a manual.

    Real men turn dials.
     
  5. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 865   +434

    LOL :D
     
  6. Wouldn't it make more sense to just go buy a real universal remote? They aren't expensive.
     
  7. Just what everyone wants to do, make their remotes even bigger.

    AS IF!
     
  8. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,606   +287

    I can see a use for this. I use Logitech Harmony hub in my living room so have no need. I use my phone as a remote most of the time. And the basic remote that comes with the hub can control everything else. But in my kitchen I have a cheap little TV with an Amazon Fire TV stick. Adding this to control the TV (power on, change source) means I could retire the TV's remote to a drawer and just use the expanded Amazon Fire TV Stick remote for everything. Given that some of these don't use IR then you can't really replace them with a cheap IR universal remote. This gives you some of the basic functionality of the TV/other device control without having to have two remotes lying around.
     
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2015

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