Control and Automation Roundup
ELAN Home Systems’ Ole’ ($380 MSRP) is a Film Interactive Touchpad that combines touchpanel, keypad and Organic LED (OLED) technologies. Its photographic-quality, backlit, slide-in films come in numerous styles, themes and color schemes to match décor or personal taste. A touch-sensitive overlay detects finger presses over fixed positions. Ole’ can be programmed directly at the touchpad or by using Elan’s VIA!Tools setup software.
Control4’s new 4Sight service enables secure remote access for a homeowner to a Control4 home control system. Using a browser and an internet connection, the homeowner can monitor the status of the home, control lighting and temperature, turn off sprinklers, control doors and see if A/V equipment is running. E-mails can alert the homeowner when predefined events occur. Dealers can modify programming and install system updates using the service.
Lutron Electronics launched the 20th Anniversary Edition of its GRAFIK Eye single-room preset lighting control product. The new design allows seamless control of lighting and shades. Installers can create lighting scenes or control individual lights using rounded, backlit buttons that resemble Lutron’s seeTouch-style keypads. Buttons are visible in the dark and can be custom-engraved. A separate column of buttons can control shades independently of lights.
Universal Remote Control’s MSC-400 Master System Controller ($799 SRP) operates with its MX-3000, MX-950, MX-900 and TX-1000 remotes. The remote triggers command sequences that are programmed into the MSC-400 which then execute without further interaction with the remote. The MSC-400 can control up to 12 components using IR commands or six devices using RS-232, detect on/off status of six devices, operate projection screens, drapes and lifts, and allow the remote to serve as a PC keyboard.