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URC Introduces Dual-Use Wireless Keypad & Remote
New KP-900 doubles as both a wireless on-wall keypad and a handheld universal remote control.
Posted by Daniel Tonks on February 12, 2008 at 3:08 PM
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Universal Remote Control Inc. has just announced the newest addition to their remote control family, the KP-900 wireless keypad. Although this is the first keypad to be officially released by the company, it follows the KP-100 prototype which was shown at CEDIA 2005 (which you can see in our video report).

The new KP-900 refines the concept, and manages to be both a mounted on-wall keypad and wireless handheld remote control. The computer programmable KP-900 includes a bright LCD screen with multi-colored backlighting, a good selection of hard buttons, 512kb of memory, and is available in three wall-friendly colors. It’s also RF enabled, and can be used with URC’s narrow-band RF receivers or the deluxe MSC-400 system.

Check out the full press release for further details:


Universal® Introduces Wireless Keypad — Unique Dual-Use Remote for Home Entertainment Systems

Versatile New KP-900 Custom Keypad Mounts on Walls and Doubles As a Handheld Remote; Ideal for Both New Homes and Retrofits

HARRISON, NY, Feb. 11, 2008 — Universal Remote Control, Inc., the leader in control system design and manufacturing for home and professional entertainment systems, will introduces the wireless, dual-use KP-900 Wireless Keypad at this Spring’s Electronic House Expo, beginning Mar. 13 in Orlando, Florida.

The KP-900 is a powerful keypad remote that controls all audio and video equipment in a home, simplifying and automating the operation of even the most complex Home Theater system to achieve an extraordinary combination of power and flexibility. It can be mounted on a wall AND used as a handheld remote, making it ideal for retrofitting into homes with existing entertainment systems, as well as for new homes.

Four simple screws attach the KP-900’s bracket to a wall, eliminating the expense and inconvenience of running new wires or opening the wall to add new wires. The keypad can be mounted in any room, and anywhere in a room. It can be used on the wall in its bracket, independently as a handheld, or affixed to a refrigerator or other metal surface thanks to a built-in magnet. The keypad is compatible with iPods and other portable music players, and comes in three decorator-friendly finishes — white, light almond and black.

The KP-900 is equipped with a bright, easy to read, backlit LCD screen, and injection-molded backlit buttons with laser-etched labeling. Six buttons to the right of the screen are labeled based on what a user is watching or listening to, and change accordingly. Someone ‘Watching TV,’ for example, will see a list of buttons useful to that activity. If he selects ‘DVD,’ the buttons will automatically change to control the DVD — making operation of the system simple, fluid and intuitive.

To further enhance customized installation, the keypad comes with three sets of keycaps for the top buttons. One set has no labels. The other two simplify volume control (Volume Up, Mute and Volume Down) and transport control (Seek–, Shuffle and Seek+). They help installers more perfectly adapt the keypad to specific systems and user preferences, and cannot be removed once installed.

Any Room, Anywhere
The KP-900 can be added to the kitchen, the bedroom, the bath, even outdoors — or independently to each location. Equally important, there’s no need to break into walls to add new wiring, since the KP-900 is completely wireless. It operates using Infrared (IR) signals with a range of 30-50 feet, or Radio Frequency (RF) signals with a range of 50-100 feet when used with an optional MRF-350 or MRF-260 RF Base Station. In RF mode, components can be controlled without pointing at them, and even if they are in other rooms, hidden in cabinets, or are behind closed doors.

The KP-900 is also compatible with URC’s pioneering MSC-400 Master System Controller, which provides installers with options and advantages not otherwise available, including triggered macros, RS-232 and relay control, video and voltage sensors, among other features.

For homes that already have wall-mounted volume controls, adding a KP-900 keypad lets users operate their systems from whatever room they’re in. They can turn the system on or off, select what to listen to or watch, change songs, CDs, channels, sources, and more. They can harness previously unused features their components might already possess, like second zone outputs, and use the keypad anywhere in the room by simply lifting it from its home bracket.

Programmed to Please
The KP-900 is designed to be professionally programmed using proprietary URC software through a Windows PC equipped with a USB port. The software is available at no extra cost from the URC Web site, www.universalremote.com. While a basic set-up only takes a few minutes, fully automating an A/V system requires a detailed knowledge of the equipment, the user’s preferences, and how the system is connected.

The KP-900 boasts a generous 4 Megabits of user-configurable Flash memory, which supports up to 400 full pages of commands that can be distributed into as many as 255 devices. Additional features include a 255-color backlighting palette for the LCD display, one-touch blue backlighting for all the hard buttons, the ability to learn new IR commands, a small integrated speaker for audible feedback, a built-in sleep timer, and a USB cable. Four AAA batteries supply reliable, long-lasting power.

The KP-900 Wireless Keypad will be available in March from authorized Universal Remote Control dealers at a suggested price of $599. It can be seen with URC’s other outstanding products in Booth 530, Orange County Convention Center, during the show.

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Wow, 4 Megabits. That's got to be a typo as this would be approx 400KBytes.
Nope... URC very often specifies megabits in their specs. Or they don't specify at all. But since it's just a text-based screen, it's still reasonable... nothing to eat away memory with.

However, wouldn't that be more around 512kb (1 byte = 8 bits)?
Depends on whether memory has parity bit and ECC. :)
Do you suppose they might be so ingeneous as to provide a manual?


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