Caavo is making several software improvements today at its Control Center, a voice box that acts as a universal remote control for all its home theater devices. Before reaching them, it is worth noting that the company is also changing the product price structure. The Control Center device will now cost $ 59.95 (less than $ 99.95). But mandatory service plans are going until in price: the monthly payment will now be $ 3.99 / month (previously $ 1.99), the annual plan jumps to $ 39.99 (from $ 19.99), and the lifetime service will now cost $ 129.99, while previously it was $ 59.99 .
These subscriptions are necessary for the main functions of Caavo to work, such as voice commands and universal search. You can buy the Control Center and ignore the service plan page, but you will be informed about its most advanced features. (However, it will serve as a universal remote control for all your devices). This sounds a lot like the TiVo business model, and the confusing division between the device and the service plan was one of the aspects of the control center that Nilay had problems with. your review
With that out of the way, let's move on to the new software tricks: Caavo is adding a Family Care feature, which will allow parents to check and monitor what is happening on any TV that the Control Center is connected to right from their telefono Remember, the Caavo uses artificial vision for its universal remote tests, so it is not difficult for the device to show you what you are seeing on the screen. The company calls this monitoring function Telescope, and says that "consumer information is not shared or sent to the cloud, and the use of the feature is completely optional."
As an extension of this monitoring, you can also configure the Caavo to send you notifications in a certain type of content, for example, R-rated movies, and you can send messages to any TV linked to the device.
Caavo can also remotely control your iOS mobile application to control the Control Center. If you have purchased one for your parents or you can save your life, you can now turn the TV on or off. . Owners of control center devices must grant permission for anyone to take this level of control on the mobile.
Caavo is also adding Sonos support to the Repertoire of the Control Center. "Using your TV, you can move on to the next song, pause and play music on any Sonos speaker throughout your home." The Sonos mosaic is displayed directly in the Control Center menu, and when you are playing music through one of the company's speakers, the album art is displayed on the screen.
You can definitely see where Caavo is trying to go with the Control Center, continuously adding new devices that he is able to learn to manage. Hopefully, service plans will not deter people from trying it, since in all accounts, the Control Center is quite good at doing what it is supposed to do.