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Crestron Takes on Residential at ISE 2018

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Crestron confirms its plans for the consumer market at ISE 2018 with a dedicated residential area-- one dedicated primarily to Pyng, the home automation system the company describes as a "full platform."

Crestron ISE 2018As seen at ISE, the Pyng platform now features video and audio support, meaning it can control TVs, AVRs and other video sources as well as "traditional" Crestron products and "thousands" of 3rd party devices. The number of compatible 3rd party products should increase further through the Rapid Agile Drivers (RAD) program allowing the creation of new drivers.

Pyng handles display and source control, room and source selection, volume control for groups and other rooms, video routing via DM and DM NVX series devices, audio and video grouping, user profiles and TV presets based on provider. Control comes through either iOS/Android Pyng app (as boosted with support for larger macros) and handheld remotes such as the 310 series, another ISE 2018 revelation.

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Control4 CA-1 Makes ISE Debut

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Control4 shows off its latest wireless controller at ISE 2018-- the CA-1, a means for installers to provide customers with a start in home automation through lighting, temperature, control and security control.

Control4 CA-1The CA-1 features ethernet, wifi, ZigBee and serial connectivity, and leverages on the Control4 database of thousands of 3rd party devices. An optional Z-Wave module adds compatibility with Z-Wave-enabled devices such as door, window, water, flood and temperature sensors, as well as electrical outlets and dimmer outlet modules. Power over Ethernet (PoE) allows installation anywhere with a single network cable.

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Matrix Labs Debuts Matrix Creator, Voice Dev Boards

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Matrix Labs announces the ISE 2018 debut of the Matrix Creator and Matrix Voice IoT development platforms, both means allowing installers to build custom IoT apps featuring functionality not provided by big-name control bands.

Matrix LabsFirst seen at CEDIA 2017, Matrix Creator and Matrix Voice allow the fast, efficient and affordable development of simple-to-complex IoT hardware applications, opening new possibilities to European custom installers. Both run on the proprietary Matrix OS, and handle both residential and commercial automation systems.

The Matrix Creator incorporates a Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGA, an ARM Cortex M3 microcontroller, motion, temperature, humidity, light, ultraviolet and infrared sensor, an 8-microphone array and a 35-LED array. The board is programmable in 40 different languages and also includes integrated Z-Wave and ZigBee communications as well as a range of analogue and digital input/output interfaces.

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RTI Intros Next-Gen XP-8v Processor

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RTI releases a next-generation XP control processor line-- the XP-8v Advanced Control Processor offers increased processing power, expanded memory and an HDMI output for OSD control interface.

RTI XP-8vAs the 3rd generation XP-8 control processor, the XP-8v combines the advanced control options of previous models with an i.MX53 processor for increased processing power and expanded 2-way driver support. It has more RAM and non-volatile Flash storage (1GB and 512MB respectively), and the addition of an HDMI output enables an on-screen display for a convenient custom control interface on TVs.

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Laundroid Returns at CES 2018

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Remember the Laundroid, the robot promising to make the folding of laundry a thing of the past seen back at CES 2016? Seven Dreamers returns to this year's CES with an updated prototype and a launch date.

LaundroidThe Laundroid continues to bear an ominous resemblance to HAL 9000, the malevolent AI from 2001: A Space Odyssey, even if Tokyo-based Seven Dreamers insists its purpose remains to simply fold the laundry. One will be able to dump clean and dry clothes in the cabinet-style machine, and before too long (or around 4 hours, depending on the size of the load) it will all be folded automatically.

The latest prototype has the capacity of 30-40 pieces of clothing (depending on size), and takes around 5 minutes to fold one item. More complex clothing, such as dress shirts, may require more time. Operation promises to be quiet at around 35db, and it even has two sorting modes-- either by category (towels, shirts, etc) or person/family member, since the Laundroid can register a piece of clothing with a particular user.

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The Tiny Connected Tetra Dishwasher

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The Tetra is the kind of unusual home appliance one only tends to see at CES 2018-- a compact countertop number able to not only wash a handful of dishes, but also... cook seafood?

TetraDeveloped by connected water heater maker Heatworks and design firm frog, the Tetra is designed to handle the dishwashing needs of 2-person household. As such, it is large enough to hold 10 plates or 12 pint glasses. It promises to use less water than handwashing, without the need to wait for enough dishes dishes to fill a larger dishwasher.

“Our research indicates that although the average household is comprised of 2.58 people, the modern dishwasher holds place settings for 13 or more,” Heatworks says. “This makes people believe that they either need to handwash their few dirty dishes-- which wastes 10 times more water than using a dishwasher-- or wait for a fill load to run a cycle. With Tetra, we hope to change people's mindset.”

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Apple Watch Controls Whirlpool Appliances

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Whirlpool announces what it claims is a first at CES 2018-- connected appliances from the company get Apple Watch compatibility, taking their capabilities "to new heights."

Whirlpool CESThis means customers will be able to control over 20 ovens, washers and dryers via the smartwatch. Controls including checking on current oven status and commands during an active cycle, controlling the wash options of a washer active cycle, and controlling and checking whether a dryer started a cycle.

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