Motorola Introduces Rechargeable Remote Control with ‘Find’ Functionality

January 5, 2009

Remote control’s learning capabilities can replace remotes for other consumer electronic devices

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — CES — Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced an accessory for its popular VIP series of IPTV set tops that eliminates the hassle and expense of replacing batteries and helps consumers locate misplaced remote controls. The new rechargeable remote control and its base station are armed with RF (radio frequency) “find” functionality. A press of a switch on the base station triggers an audible tone and flashing light on all remote controls to help lead consumers to a missing unit.

“We’re constantly listening to consumer feedback to help us develop new functionality,” said Kevin Wirick, vice president of marketing at Motorola. “Losing a remote control is an issue that many end users find infuriating. With this product we’re not only addressing this frustration but we’ve created a platform to extend the utility of the VIP set tops and remote control units by adding a USB or Bluetooth-connected accessory to the set top architecture.”

Powered by wall sockets or through the set top via USB, the high performance rechargeable remote control and base unit eliminates the need for replacing single-use batteries and keeps the remote ready for action at all times. Performance is enhanced as the remote does not suffer from the reduction in range and response times caused by single use batteries as they near end of life.

Capable of learning functions, Motorola’s VIP remote can replace multiple controls for most consumer electronic devices. The base station also includes a digital clock – a feature that has been lost as IPTV set tops have become increasingly streamlined in size.

Technical specifications for the remote and charger unit can be found here.

About Motorola

Motorola is known around the world for innovation in communications. The company develops technologies, products and services that make mobile experiences possible. Our portfolio includes communications infrastructure, enterprise mobility solutions, digital set-tops, cable modems, mobile devices and Bluetooth accessories. Motorola is committed to delivering next generation communication solutions to people, businesses and governments. A Fortune 100 company with global presence and impact, Motorola had sales of US $36.6 billion in 2007. For more information about our company, our people and our innovations, please visit http://www.motorola.com.

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