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GE Shows "My Favorites" and Z-Wave Enabled Remotes
Budget clicker offers one-touch access to favorite channels; also new advanced home theater model with Z-Wave control.
Posted by Daniel Tonks on January 8, 2009 at 11:03 AM
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Jasco, under the GE retail brand, has revealed a new "My Favorites" remote at CES 2009, priced at $20. The model offers users one-touch access to a customizable list of favorite channels.

Also released today is a new $100 Z-Wave enabled remote that, in addition to offering control over all Z-Wave lighting and thermostats, also includes an LCD display, blue EL backlighting, support for 12 devices, macros, IR learning and customizable labels.

The full press releases are included below.


The Remote is Personal Again - Jasco Introduces GE My Favorites Remote

LAS VEGAS—January 8, 2009—Jasco Products Company, GE licensee of consumer electronic accessories, computer accessories, home electric products, personal security and surveillance products, today unveiled the GE My Favorites Remote. The My Favorites Remote makes controlling home entertainment even easier with full-color labels, an intuitive layout and an extremely comfortable user-friendly design. The product has received the CES 2009 Design and Engineering Award in Video Accessories.

"The GE My Favorites Remote is simple one-touch access to your favorite channels," says Cameron Trice, Jasco Senior VP of Marketing and Product Development. "Jasco is continuing to further improve our lineup of universal remote controls, and to further understand the interface between people and their home theater equipment."

The five-device GE My Favorites Remote stores your favorite channels and offers instant and easy channel scanning with familiar network icons. The icon design allows you to customize eight programmable buttons for a complete personal look. The GE My Favorites Remote’s personal labeled buttons make it easy for any member of the family to launch a favorite channel. Pressing one of these clearly labeled buttons can put an entire entertainment system at your command. Switching between channels has never been simpler.

The intuitive button layout puts the labeled buttons in a central location at the top. The new remote features a high-quality design and premium materials similar to those used in all GE universal remotes, and offers intuitive navigation through favorite television channels. Essential buttons such as record, play, pause, advance and rewind surround the labeled buttons.

The stylish GE My Favorites Remote features Jasco’s popular and comfortable slim-shaped design. A user-friendly button layout combined with two sheets of network logo stickers make selecting favorite channels visually simple and fun. Select any combination of your favorite, readable at a glance, logos that are forever at your fingertips. Model 24986, MSRP $19.99.


Affordable Luxury: Jasco Introduces GE Z-Wave Home Theater Remote

LAS VEGAS—January 8, 2009—Jasco Products Company, GE licensee of consumer electronic accessories,computer accessories, home electric products, personal security and surveillance products, today announced the unveiling of the GE Z-Wave Home Theater Remote. This product has received the CES 2009 Design and Engineering Award in the Home Automation Control category.

"This pioneering remote is the new frontier for single source home control and automation," says Cameron Trice, Jasco Senior VP of Marketing and Product Development. "Jasco is very excited about the launch of this innovative remote and the evolution that is to come with this integrated technology."

Get the full advantage of complete audio & video control plus home automation with the GE Z-Wave Home Theater Remote. This remote features a sleek and hand-held design that controls the use of your Z-Wave enabled products and more. With a comprehensive IR library and A/V learning capability, the remote allows users to control up to 12 home theater devices including digital televisions as well as up to 232 Z-Wave devices for a complete customized home solution.

Users can create and manage custom lighting schemes by controlling up to 18 individual lights, 18 groups and 18 scenes. The backlit LCD menu screen and buttons allow for quick navigation through the remote’s features and easy-to-read command feedback. The GE Z-Wave Home Theater Remote is designed to provide reliable and energy-efficient control at an affordable price.

The GE Z-Wave Home Theater Remote’s ergonomic design, intuitive button layout and sleek look, makes the remote a stylish one-touch accessory that every coffee table will want. Essential buttons such as guide and menu surround the easy-to-use navigation wheel. The remote also includes a timer feature that allows users to program lights to automatically turn on and off. The timer feature allows you to program up to 18 events. It’s home control made simple.

Some great features include:

  • Easy to use on-screen LCD menu system and buttons with blue EL backlighting
  • Macro functions can be created to dim the lights and turn on a movie with the click of one button
  • IR learning capability for enhanced A/V device compatibility
  • Label function allows you to name lights, groups and scenes
  • Soft rubberized coating on back for comfort and non-slip grip
  • 12-device universal audio & video controller includes DVR functions
  • Supports all brands of Z-Wave certified lighting devices, thermostats and more

The GE Z-Wave Home Theater Remote joins Jasco’s entire line of versatile GE Z-Wave Wireless Lighting Controls that include: The Basic Remote, Advanced Remote, Lamp Module, Fluorescent Light & Appliance Module, Outdoor Module, Duplex Receptacle, Dimmer Switch and 3-Way Dimmer Kit. These multifaceted products allow users to turn on/off small appliances, dim overhead lights and plug-in lamps and create individual lighting groups and scenes all from one hand-held remote. For more information on the entire ZWave family, check out Jasco’s microsite at www.easyzwave.com. Model 45608, MSRP $99.99.

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