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NEEO smart remote controls all your home devices

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All that power in your palm

With all our home devices about to gain smart skills thanks to the Internet of Things, you'll need a remote to control them all. This start-up has just the thing.

NEEO lets you control all your smart devices from a single remote. It can identify who you are when you pick it up, and display your lists of films and playlists straightaway.

The brain – the disc-looking device on the left – talks to your devices, while the remote lets you control them. But you can do away with the remote altogether if you like, and use an app on your phone instead.

The company has compiled a database of over 30,000 devices that NEEO can connect to and control, including all major AV products in the last 10 years. Of course, what qualifies as "major" depends on who you are, but there's a handy list at the bottom of the Kickstarter page.

The remote's screen has a resolution of 291ppi – that's higher than the Retina display on the iPad Air and Air 2, though not on the iPad mini 2 and 3. It's rechargeable, and will last months before needing juicing up. It also has its own alarm you can trigger from your phone if you lose it.

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To add a device, start typing its name in the relevant section of the menu and it'll automatically find it. Select the device and assign it to a room. And that's it.

It looks like a cool piece of kit, but how useful it is will depend on whether the Internet of Things ever takes off.

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