Roku appears to be exploring the concept of ditching the AA and AAA batteries.
A screenshot shared by Reddit person of a suggestion for a Roku Voice Distant Professional teased a chargeable distant, out there as a limited-supply idea with simply 2,000 items. In keeping with the itemizing, the distant included two private shortcut keys, hands-free voice assist, a misplaced distant finder, and assist for personal listening. By all appearances, the distant has the identical design of most different Roku remotes and was priced at $30.
Reached for remark concerning the distant, a Roku spokesperson instructed Gizmodo that the corporate is “at all times engaged on bringing new merchandise and options to Roku customers, and a part of that course of is publicly testing new concepts with a small set of our clients.” The corporate didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark about which customary the distant makes use of for charging.
Say what you’ll concerning the Apple TV distant—which, to be clear, I regardless of my colleagues’ frequent reminders that this opinion is dangerous and flawed—however probably the greatest issues about it’s the truth that it’s rechargeable. That is very true for Apple TV customers who even have iPhones. The distant shouldn’t die with out the Apple TV providing you with some warning and alternative to recharge it. But when it does, the iPhone for controlling the Apple TV anyway.
Now, the Apple TV isn’t good. Moderately than utilizing Apple’s proprietary charging customary, a super distant would as an alternative use USB-C—and that’s what we’d prefer to see on the Roku distant ought to it roll out broad at any level.
And certain, some Roku customers could also be utilizing rechargeable AA or AAA batteries of their remotes. However for many who aren’t—and notably for many who do a whole lot of personal listening, which to empty batteries like loopy—that’s a whole lot of battery waste that is likely to be prevented by a chargeable battery. A good higher system would possibly permit customers to improve or commerce of their older streaming gadgets however preserve their remotes in order that they’re utilizing them for longer.
For now, although, it appears just like the remotes are solely out there to some fortunate Roku customers. The remainder of us will simply have to attend.