Comcast® is undoubtedly one of the best internet providers in the country and they have now move ahead of their competitors with the commercial launch of their newly designed voice remote that is to be used with their X1 platform. The latest model of voice remote, called as the XR15 is the follow on model to their XR11 remote that was introduced by Comcast® in 2015. As per the records, Comcast® has already deployed eighteen million voice remotes with users delivering about half a million voice commands in the month of November alone, as per a recent announcement from Jonathan Palmatier, who is the Vice President of consumers devices and products at the Comcast Corporation®.
The look and feel of the old remote is altered in the new voice remote, and the position of the blue microphone button is also changed. It is through this microphone that the voice commands are delivered to the X1 platform. “After researching how customers hold and use the remote, our design team placed the round blue button directly where the thumb naturally rests,” Palmatier explained. “That button is also in the center of the remote, larger than every other button and made from a distinct material so it can be identified by touch alone.”
The XR15 remote from Comcast® is already recognized together with two other products from Comcast® for X1, which are a 4K capable video device and a wireless set top box. All these three Comcast® products came away with the Red Dot design awards. Apart from the new device, Comcast® is also introducing a bunch of latest voice remote features that work across the legacy X1 voice remote and the new XR15 models. Users will now be able to go forward or backward in a DVR recorded or Video On Demand program just by saying time increments like “Go forward fifteen minutes” or “Go back ten seconds.”
The voice capability of the remote also allows users to ask the details of a song playing in a movie, commercial, or TV show, and the system will pull up the artist and title of the particular music track. Palmatier said that these are some of the new features, which will be unveiled soon. There will also be a new set of commands used to control the connected home and together with some Spanish language options.