Sideclick, the minimalistic remote attachment that turns your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick remote into a universal remote, has reached their Kickstarter funding goal. It’s been an up and down trek getting to this point for the husband and wife team behind the invention set out to reduce your remote clutter without having to give up your primary remote. The initial campaign failed but Brett Epstein, the mechanical engineer behind the project, took what he learned from the first campaign back to the drawing board and reluanched with an improved design that rocketed past their new campaign goal in just a week. I had the opportunity to talk with Brett, as well as his wife Jenn, about the Sideclick remote and where things go from here.
Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick owners will be happy to hear that each order for a Fire TV Sideclick will come with two attachment clips: one made for the Fire TV Voice Remote and one made for the Fire TV Stick Non-Voice Remote. The Sideclick was invented to make your life easier, and that philosophy will continue through its production. Brett says, by including both clips, it ensures Fire TV owners don’t start off on the wrong foot with their Sideclick by accidentally ordering the wrong clip.
Currently, there are still about 100 single Sideclick remotes at the “early bird” price of $21, but once those are gone, the price will increase to $24 each, so get your orders in quick. Additional savings can be had if you order multiples in packs of 2 or more. Having already reached their funding goal, the Sideclick team says they hope to use the remaining 22 days in the campaign to work towards stretch goals that’ll make the Sideclick even more appealing. They haven’t figured out the specifics of the stretch goals they have in mind yet, but are hoping to announce something soon.