The connected home. \u00a0It's among us and more evident than ever before. \u00a0We're talking Philips Hue, Sonos, Nest, August and whole variety of other products that are supposed to simplify our lives.\u00a0 Like the best smart remotes. However, controlling them can be just a painstaking as setting them up. \u00a0Enter the Sevenhugs Smart Remote.\r\nWhat Makes The Sevenhugs Smart Remote Different\r\nSo what makes this Smart Remote different than the rest? \u00a0Or more importantly, why buy this instead of just using your iPhone or Android? \u00a0One word: simplicity.\r\n\r\nUsing something called "indoor localization technology", the Smart Remote automatically knows what device you're pointing it at and interacts with that device accordingly. \u00a0In other words, you don't have to select the device, which in my experience, such as the Harmony One, can greatly slow the process, so much so it defeats the purpose of a universal remote.\r\n\u201cBy 2019, the smart home market is expected to reach $28 billion, with more than 69 million homes connected worldwide,\u201d said Simon Tchedikian, CEO & Cofounder, Sevenhugs. \u201cYet, the smart home technology fragmentation remains an obstacle with every connected object needing to be controlled by a dedicated smartphone application or a remote control. With the Smart Remote, you only need one solution to control everything in your home with just one touch.\u201d\r\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=jB7iuBKcfZw\r\n\r\nI'm not sure what short range tech Sevenhugs is using (Bluetooth?), but included are three "connected sockets", which, from what I can understand, work to triangulate the position of the remote and thus determine what it's pointing at - sort of like triangulating a cell phone's position using cell towers.\r\nWhat Devices Does it Work With, How Much and When\r\n\r\n\r\nAs of now, even though the product is still in development, the Smart Remote works with\u00a0Nest, Sonos, and Phillips Hue lightbulbs. \u00a0And fear not, there is an open SDK, so other products are sure to arrive, hopefully before the product's launch this September for $200. \u00a0If you're so inclined, you can preorder one today.\r\n\r\nIncluded is a base station for charging. \u00a0I can't tell you specifically how big the screen is or what type it is. \u00a0But if the video is a true representation, then my hats off to them, because it's looks exceptionally bright and clear.\r\nAbout Sevenhugs\r\nSeven hugs is a French startup founded in 2014 by Simon Tchedikian, St\u00e9phane Jaubertou, Lionel Marty, and Olivier Mandine. \u00a0They're, at their core, a smart-home technology company that designs and markets integrated home devices and services aimed at simplifying the home-technology experience.