So the details are a bit skimp, but this universal remote, officially called the Bridge, might actually be the solution that anyone with an HTPC connected to their TV is looking for. They haven’t told us if it will work over Bluetooth, IR or RF but we do know that they have plans for it to support your computer, big screen TV and other components.
The three young designers have opted for a video game controller form factor, which is logical in today’s home theater environment since it is both ergonomic and plays to the familiarity of gamers. However, don’t expect the Bridge to be compatible with your Xbox 360 or PS3, at least in terms of gaming, though that would make for the ultimate universal remote.
As you can see, the Bridge remote is outfitted with a joystick surrounded by a variety of common media keys. To the right of that is a full QWERTY keyboard, ideal for surfing the web or punching in a Hulu video. They haven’t specifically told us what all the shoulder buttons do, but we’re gonna assume that they can be mapped to any function of your liking or perhaps perform a set of macros. Lastly, a set of keys line the top of the Bridge, allowing you to access your TV’s menu, power on/off your devices and more.
Right now they’re looking to raise $59,000 via Kickstarter. Unfortunately, they might have a hard time raising that kind of money, unless of course they get more specific about the details of their product, such as supported wireless protocols, battery life and accompanying software to program the remote. Without that kind of information it’s a massive leap of faith in a product that most certainly sounds good in theory, but we’ve seen too many universal remotes come and go. Nevertheless, if you’re still interested you can pledge as little as $65 and you’ll receive one once they begin to ship.