By Stephanie Mlot — It's a bird… It's a plane… It's the Ray Super Remote!
Sorry, the device won't save you from a burning building, but it will (hopefully) reduce remote control clutter and make it easier to find what you want to watch.
'The Ray Super Remote grew out of my frustration that despite living in the Golden Age of television, I was struggling to find content across proliferating platforms and using a multitude of archaic TV remote controls to do so,' Ray Enterprises CEO David Skokna said in a statement.
"I set out to create one device to control my living room and offer the personalized content search and discovery experience my family was craving," he added.
Designed to replace all your living room remotes (including separate controllers for the TV, set-top box, speaker system, DVD player, Apple TV, Roku, and Xbox console), Ray's custom hardware and software also delivers search and content discovery, and allows shared control of connected home devices.
Skip the TV Guide scrolling and tap on your favorite shows to immediately tune into The Good Wife or The Walking Dead. Plus, the search function allows you to type a title, hunt through channels, or find the next showing of Empire.
The more time you spend with Ray, the better it gets to know your tastes: The remote learns by examining your viewing habits, but also allows you to rate a show or movie.
Available now for pre-order, the $199 device promises an array of content discovery tools, including search, recommendations, trending and most popular, and personalized programming, as well as specialized features for kids and live sports.
The 4.8-inch high-resolution screen utilizes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, infrared, and the ZigBee open wireless standard.
In partnership with Dish Network, Ray Enterprises this week also announced integration of the Ray Super Remote with Dish's Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR. Subscribers will be able to rely on the touch-screen clicker to view and control Hopper programming and recordings.
"We give trusted developers, like Ray, access to Dish APIs so they may create new search, discovery and control experiences for our customers," Vivek Khemka, Dish senior vice president of product management, said. "The Ray team has integrated our APIs to create a compelling universal remote compatible in the Hopper ecosystem."
For non-Dish Network subscribers, Ray Enterprises promised more providers "are on the way."