Thursday October 15, 2015
Savant is taking on the likes of the Logitech Harmony with the own "smart remote" designed for consumers. The new hybrid design features a color touchscreen, simplified button arrangement, voice activation, and a huge databases of components. Read more...
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 10/15 at 7:18 PM
New smaller Wifi-connected gateway; Vivido 5-scane wall-mount lighting keypad, appliance module, RF duplex receptacle, battery operated dimmer highlight new introductions. Read more...
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 10/15 at 1:01 PM
Tuesday April 7, 2015
URC has just announced a third addition to their Total Control lineup of advanced system controllers. The new MRX-8
joins the original MRX-10 and MRX-20, in a smaller form factor more similar to that of the previous MRX-1 and 2. Plus, a new 2-way Sonos driver has been released. Read more...
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 4/07 at 7:25 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
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
Tuesday February 4, 2014
Okay, so these product announcements may not actually be new (the new hardware was originally announced before CEDIA 2013), but of greater importance is the news that they’re now available to buy. Well, almost – rumor is shipments are currently constrained, but that will be getting better soon! Read more...
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 2/04 at 8:12 PM
Tuesday December 24, 2013
As everyone prepares today for the start of the winter holiday season, I’m pleased to present the final two control company reports in our CEDIA 2013 video series... namely, iRule, and AMX!
First up the CEO of iRule, Itai Ben-Gal, provides viewers with a concise introduction to iRule’s IOS and Android-based control platform along with examples of a few of the system’s advanced capabilities. Then, set aside a few minutes for Joe Andrulis as he presents what’s new for AMX... including the Enova DGX digital media switchers, the Alero audio amplifier, the Modero X series of desktop & flush mount in-wall touchpanels, plus the new economical Modero S series. Read more...
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 12/24 at 7:32 AM
Tuesday December 17, 2013
With my house buried under a thick blanket of snow and the warmth of summer but a distant memory, my thoughts turn to the joys of home automation... and our ongoing series of CEDIA 2013 videos! Today I’m very pleased to present three new reports covering DemoPad, Crestron, and Savant Systems!
First, Mike Cain presents viewers with a run-through of the DemoPad iOS-based home control software, and then introduces their first hardware product: the brand new CENTRO 8 Control Processor. Next, come with Jeff Singer as he shows off Crestron’s new wireless home automation capabilities, a home control app made for Samsung Smart TVs, plus the TSW series of in-wall touchscreen controls ranging in size from 5" through 10". Finally, go on a detailed booth tour with Savant co-founder Jim Carroll as he discusses their economical “Big Boy Automation” platform, the SUR-0500 handheld remote, SmartLighting Wi-Fi, advanced climate control, power management and monitoring, plus the SmartLink HDMI to HDBaseT matrix switch. Read more...
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 12/17 at 7:24 AM