Roku is testing a brand new model of its distant management for its set-top containers, the Roku Voice Distant Professional, which ditches the AAA batteries for a built-in rechargeable battery as an alternative, via Zatz Not Funny.
Together with the rechargeable batteries the brand new mannequin — revealed by Reddit person u/KingTut206 over on the Roku subreddit — affords a number of additional options, together with a “misplaced distant finder” choice and hands-free voice controls. (So that you’ll be capable to say one thing like “Hey Roku, discover my distant” and have it pinged.) It additionally options two customizable buttons, along with the 4 pre-programed ones for streaming providers which have partnered with the corporate.
Sadly, the brand new distant expenses through Micro-USB, not the extra fashionable USB-C. It’s additionally not broadly obtainable proper now: reasonably, the present launch seems to be a restricted early entry take a look at, with solely 2,000 remotes being offered for $29.99.
Hopefully, although, Roku will take the possibility to improve the Voice Distant Professional earlier than it launches extra broadly. We’ve definitely bought a number of strategies, if the corporate wants them: USB-C, wi-fi charging, and illuminated buttons are all good locations to start out.