The Alcatel OneTouch RC20 Smart Control is a Joy Buzzer for Your Smartphone

Alcatel OneTouch has experimented with a number of ideas for its smartphones and tablets, including an accessory ereader, an upgradable Android tablet, and a smartphone case which adds a second E-ink screen. Not all of the ideas were good, but few were as puzzling as the gadget which cleared the FCC this week.

The Alcatel OneTouch RC20 Smart Control is a minimal function remote control for your smartphone. According to the user manual in the filing, it is a Bluetooth device that you can use to control the flashlight function, snap photos, or locate your phone.

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As you can see in the photo above or the gallery below, there's not much to the RC20 Smart Control. It's a small disc with a single LCD and a single button (also a speaker/buzzer, for obvious reasons). It pairs with your smartphone via a companion app, and once it's set up you can set the RC20 as a remote trigger for your camera, the flashlight function, or you can simply use it the RC20 as a "find my keys" trick to help you locate your smartphone.

The smartphone app has a button for finding the RC20.

If you're having trouble understanding why anyone would want such a simple gadget, you're not the only one. A remote accessory could be useful, but it makes no sense to limit it so.

And that's why I would expect that when it does hit the market, it will do more than just 3 simple functions.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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