Many years ago, in a moment of sincere honesty, Nilay Patel described how her childhood was defined in some way and irrevocably ruined by an attempt to establish and use an IR blaster. Could it also have had something to do with being a Packers fan? I can not remember clearly, it was so long ago. The important thing is that IR blasters are somehow disastrous and evil.
It's 2018. Nilay is now my boss, and it seems relatively cold for someone who fought so powerfully with a glorious TV remote control in his past.
And it was with great interest last month that I read Nilay's critique of Caavo: the IR blaster to take down all the IR blasters. Use artificial vision! It has eight HDMI inputs! It's an absurd amount of engineering and solutions to make a fractured home entertainment system work as a seamless whole.
You see, from what I once understood, the rancor of Nilay's whole life against the IR blasters was never about IR. It was the fact that a silly IR blaster can lose its place when changing sources and changing channels, and therefore its carefully programmed commands become absurd. But the $ 399 Caavo solves that problem by looking at the television, reading the interface and basically solving the problem.
On a victory lap, Nilay brought her Caavo review unit to Circuit Breaker Live last week. Look at me and celebrate how far Nilay has come! How far the technology has come We use the remote voice. We switch between a multitude of transmission boxes. We were only scared a little when it seemed to be broken. We had fun.
And if you want to see the whole episode, here it is: