Control and Automation Roundup
Remote Technologies Inc.’s (RTI) T2C Universal System Controller ($799 MSRP, available fourth quarter) is its latest wireless controller. It sports a high-resolution color touchscreen and 35 hard buttons. Bi-directional ZigBee technology provides RF control. Using RTI’s Windows-based TheaterTouch Designer software, installers can develop a control tool based on the T2C for any size of home theater.
Somfy Systems’ Sonesse Motor Range automates roller shades, roman shades and wood blinds with ultra-quiet precision. Available with built in Radio Technology Somfy (RTS), its near-silent motors can be integrated with many home automation systems. Simplified plug-in wiring makes installation easier.
Crestron’s Isys i/O TPMC-4X handheld WiFi touchpanel is the latest addition to its Isys i/O Touchpanel Media Center line. The Windows CE.NET 4.2-based system provides two-way Wi-Fi communication with any Ethernet Crestron system for control of lights, A/V, HVAC, shades and screens. The user experience is enhanced by dynamic graphics and complete system status feedback. It sports a 3.5-inch touchscreen and 17 programmable, backlit pushbuttons.
Exceptional Innovation’s Life|point high-definition in-wall touchpanel, available in 8.9- and 12.1-inch sizes, allows users to surf four different 720p video streams simultaneously. Content is streamed on Cat 5e or Cat 6 cable; no analog switching is involved. Active volume is indicated by green edge-highlighting, and can be switched to a different stream with a tap. For full-screen views, the user taps twice on the selected stream. Simple DVR caching is also provided.
NetStreams’ DoorLinX DX100 is an IP-based doorbell/intercom system that includes an integrated microphone, four-watt speaker and matching doorbell unit. An MP3 audio file, including a recorded voice, can be used as a door chime or to have sounds associated with different doors or points of entry. DoorLinX works with the DigiLinX Multi-Room Entertainment and Control system.
Vantage Controls’ TouchPoint 1210 Tablet is a customizable web-tablet touchscreen that provides room-to-room wireless control of lights, HVAC, shades, security systems and music, as well as the ability to search the web and check e-mail. Included is InFusion Media software, which combines the touchscreen control of Vantage’s InFusion automation system with the control of Windows Media Center. It auto-discovers digital media devices and lighting control systems on a home network.
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.