I've been testing a Caavo with my complicated setup for the last week or so. This isn't just an HDMI hub paired with a universal remote; it's a streamlined interface for almost everything you want to watch.
Caavo is a unique, ambitious product that does more to tackle the daunting complexity of modern home theater gear than any device I've tested. It effectively takes over your system, smooths over the rough edges and makes it all much easier to use.
I have been excited to get a Caavo to review since I first saw it demoed last year — it’s a next-generation universal remote system that uses machine vision to operate all your TV devices in a simple, seamless way.
Like the ultimate universal remote, Caavo stitches together your TV devices and services. Personally, I’m already dreading the day I’ll have enjoy watching TV without it.
In one of my happiest CES moments, I encountered a gizmo that answered my deepest and most fervent techno-geek prayers: Caavo, a companion device to your TV that takes the guesswork out of finding your favorite programming (and eliminates the need for multiple remote controls).
Caavo, the exciting machine vision-powered universal TV control system, is getting a ship date: the first 5,000 units will arrive February 14th, priced at $399. And the company has raised another $17.5M in venture capital for a total of $32.5M with an eye on delivering cheaper new products in the future.
In the competitive and territorial world of media streaming, Caavo works because it steadfastly refuses to be anything other than a middleman. The company wants to make it easier to access and manage all your devices, not make another one.
Essentially, Caavo has built an AI that simulates a human user to control any device you might attach to a TV. It is quite possibly the thing that will crack the entire living room convergence game wide open.
Caavo is essentially the world’s smartest switcher. That means it’s not a TV, and it’s not another streaming box, either.