Roku is giving its distant a lift. On Tuesday the streaming big introduced its new Voice Distant Professional, a chargeable controller for its varied, and . After earlier this yr, the brand new distant is accessible now on the identical $30 as its customary “enhanced” voice distant and encompasses a rechargeable battery and a headphone jack for personal listening in addition to the “1” and “2” customizable buttons that debuted on the .
Additionally new is a midfield microphone to permit for hands-free management with out having to the touch the mic button. Simply say “Hey Roku” to difficulty commands, from looking for reveals to launching apps to turning in your Roku TV (the latter requires the TV’s Quick TV Begin characteristic to be turned on). Roku says the mic will choose up instructions from as much as 12 toes away.
You may even say, “Hey Roku, discover my distant,” to trigger the distant to play a sound by way of its built-in speaker. Already accessible within the iOS or Android Roku apps, this must be a helpful characteristic for folks whose remotes typically get misplaced within the sofa cushions.
In the event you’re involved about, a bodily swap on the facet of the distant can flip off the always-listening characteristic, and you’ll nonetheless press the mic button while you wish to difficulty a command.
Roku says that the distant, which makes use of the older Micro-USB customary to cost versus the trendy USB-C port, will have the ability to run for 2 months earlier than you’d must plug it again in. There isn’t any wi-fi or, with the corporate saying that it ought to have the ability to absolutely recharge in two to a few hours.
The brand new distant will work with all Roku TV fashions,, and gamers launched since 2017 together with the brand new Categorical Plus and . It is on sale now at Roku’s web site and will probably be accessible quickly at varied stores the place its equipment are offered.
Those that don’t desire the newer options, or favor the power to switch batteries, will nonetheless have the ability to get the “enhanced” distant or different Roku voice remotes individually.
Roku Voice Distant Professional provides rechargeable batteries, hands-free voice for $30
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