Sideclick is a new Kickstarter project trying to solve a very “2015” problem:
There is one big problem that streaming devices share. None of their remotes have the ability to power on and off your TV or control volume. A 2nd or sometimes 3rd remote is always needed.
Sideclick is a universal remote attachment that snaps onto your streaming remote, allowing you to control the basic functions of your TV: Power, Volume Up and Down, Channel Up and Down, and Source/Input.
Sideclick eliminates the need to always be looking for “that other remote” and allows you to control your TV and your streaming device all-in-one.
On first glance this seems like a really good idea. But upon deeper thought there are a few flaws. First off, the device is a “universal remote” but there are specific models for different streaming devices. It’s likely that most people would only have one of these given devices at a time, but it is basically locking you in again if you ever decided to switch systems.
The other issue is that for $30 (the contribution required to get one device) a decent universal remote could probably be purchased. This remote could do a lot more and potentially control the media device as well.
Still, this is a really clever idea. And for someone who only watches their Roku or Amazon Fire TV this is definitely a device worth picking up.