An FCC filing for a new remote control from Caavo has just popped up. If that name isn’t familiar to you, the company released the Caavo Control Center which acted as a very ambitious universal remote that could control Fire TVs, Rokus, Apple TVs, Nvidia Shield TVs and more through an elaborate combination of machine vision, Bluetooth, network protocols, and on-device companion apps. Apart from changes to its pricing model, Caavo hasn’t done much since the release of its first product in early 2019. This upcoming new remote could be an indication that the company may be working on a new product.
The new Caavo remote appears to be a revision of their existing remote. The new remote carries model number W4.1.1-R1-100 while the existing remote uses the similar model number W4-R1-100. The FCC ID of both remotes is also very similar, with the new remote just adding a ‘1’ at the end. Both remotes use Bluetooth LE for connectivity and the same frequencies.
The similarities between the new and the existing Caavo remotes certainly could mean that the company is simply tweaking the design of its existing control center slightly and that there isn’t a new product in the works. That said, we’ve seen numerous companies, including Amazon with the Fire TV, release completely new devices while keeping the same remote. Even if this new Caavo remote is essentially identical to the existing remote, it could be paired with an all-new device.
Caavo currently doesn’t sell their original control center anymore. The Caavo website only lists a certified refurbished version of the Caavo Control Center, but trying to buy it leads to the Amazon page of a product that has been out of stock for about a week. The company’s 3 co-founders still list themselves on LinkedIn as being with the company so it seems like the company is continuing to chug along. The only apparent change in leadership is that the original co-founder/CEO is now a co-CEO with one of the other co-founders, as of the start of this year.
Caavo had some very interesting ideas for how to simplify the control of media devices. Hopefully this new remote means we’ll be seeing a second-generation Caavo device soon.