Friday September 5, 2014
A company called Performance Designed Products
(PDP) has announced what could be the very first Blu-ray remote control designed for the PS4.
It seems that Sony is always finding new ways to tick off home theater users – first by repeatedly refusing to add a standard CE infrared receiver to the many generations of PS3 consoles, and then on the PS4 by refusing to offer compatibility with or a replacement product for the one compromise the PS3 did have: the Bluetooth-based Sony Blu-ray Disc Remote Control. Thus, Sony has artificially made the PS4 one of the worst devices possible for media consumption – which is a true shame, since it should be one of the best. Read more...
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 9/05 at 2:37 PM
Wednesday August 27, 2014
Getting ready to head off to CEDIA EXPO 2014 in Denver, Colorado on September 10-13? Maybe you’re still debating? Well, it’s still not too late to get in for free! Just use code GP14
when registering for free show floor admission.
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 8/27 at 10:13 AM
Thursday August 14, 2014
In an example of how long it takes to get from trade show floor to through your door, the RTI T2i - first announced nearly two years ago during CEDIA 2012 - is now shipping. The $499 remote offers a flush-mount 2.8" color touchscreen, backlit keypad (four with customizable keycaps), IR, RF and ZigBee communications, motion sensor, fully customizable interface and a sleek design. Read more...
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 8/14 at 11:33 PM
Wednesday August 13, 2014
In an almost simultaneous news release with sister company RTI, Pro Control has announced a slew of new products that they’ll be showing at the upcoming CEDIA Expo 2014 in Denver, Colorado, this coming September.
Again, much like with RTI, these products have been seen before – namely in our Pro Control CEDIA Video. However, as far as I know this is the first time that some of them have been formally announced with product photography! Read more...
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 8/13 at 12:14 AM
Tuesday August 12, 2014
RTI is prepping for CEDIA 2014 this coming September in Denver, and in anticipation of that have announced a list of new products that they’ll be exhibiting.
Unfortunately, it’s difficult not to notice that this year’s new product lists look substantively the same as last year’s new product list. T3x, KX3, KX1, AD-16x, XP-4 – they were all on the 2013 news release, too. However, those products that were far from available back then, are hopefully now either already shipping, or will soon be. The WK2 water-resistant in-wall keypad hasn’t been officially announced before now, but was discreetly previewed at CEDIA 2013. Read more...
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 8/12 at 11:25 PM
Thursday July 24, 2014
RTI has just announced that their next-generation RK1+ In-Wall Keypad, which is available in 2, 4 or 8 button versions, is now shipping to dealers. Each features customizable LED backlight colors for every button, an option for custom engraved keycaps, and an integrated IR output. Read more...
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 7/24 at 8:51 PM
Thursday May 15, 2014
Anyone working with the Philips Hue lighting system will be pleased to hear that URC is now offering integration with their Total Control lineup of products (plus ccGEN2), via a module developed and marketed by Extra Vegetables.
The module offers the ability to create lighting scenes and groups, control the brightness and color of all Hue devices, and it doesn't block the standard Android or iOS apps from working. Read more...
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 5/15 at 6:01 PM
Thursday April 24, 2014
Need a little extra reliability in your control system... like perhaps an extra year of reliability? URC has just announced that their Total Control products now include a full 2-year warranty. Now that’s good enough – but the real news here is that it doesn’t just apply to new purchases... it automatically extends to all
Total Control products ever sold!
Now that’s called standing behind what you sell. Read more...
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 4/24 at 8:37 PM
Friday March 28, 2014
Dealing with a smaller system? Still want to use an RTI control system? Then the RP-4 may be perfect for you! This upgrade of the RP-1 offers simplified one-way RF control of a single system. It features 4 IR outs, 2 voltage sense inputs, 2 relay outs, and includes support for RTIPanel App. Read more...
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 3/28 at 7:31 PM
Thursday February 13, 2014
Home Theater Master (now obsolete), Complete Control, Total Control... now Complete Control Generation 2. This week’s announcement of the future availability of the “second generation” of Complete Control products – one that’s incompatible with both first generation and Total Control products – does mean that some dealers will now be shuffling knowledge of three unique product lineups. And parts. And configuration software. Will the new system be worth it? Time will tell! Read more...
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 2/13 at 1:40 PM