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Plex Starts Playing Nice With Kodi

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A new plug-in allows customers to enjoy the best of two worlds-- the Plex media server gets an official add-on for the Kodi media player, bringing the two XBMC off-shoots together.

Plex media playerBack in 2002, there was Xbox Media Player, a self explanatory piece of software for the original Xbox. Eventually it was dubbed XBMC, before the developers settled for the Kodi name. Plex is also the result of XBMC, but while Kodi remains a media player Plex grew into a powerful and user-friendly media server solution able to access media from anywhere in the world.

Plex is available for just about any device out there, be it Android, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, Roku, Xbox and a range of smart TVs. Now it is also available for Kodi via aforementioned add-on, combining the Plex server UI with the customisable Kodi media player. It offers a range of major features, including server discovery, user switching and library browsing, with more to be added in the future.

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Control the Home Using the Force (Band)

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The Force Band is a wearable motion-based controller for the Sphero toy based on the BB-8 robot from the latest Star Wars movie-- but the addition of IFTTT support turns it into a motion controller for all kinds of connected devices.

Force BandControlling the home using the power of the Force (Band) requires the latest version of the companion app. An applet maker allows the easy creation of If This Then That (IFTTT) recipes, combining gensture controls with a variety of enabled devices and services. Thus, one can control a WEMO switch through a "force pull" gesture, "force push" to change the colour of Philips Hue lights or "force stop" to play the Imperial March. As one does.

Users can also pair such gesture controls with social media, pulling to "post Jedi Wisdom to Twitter."

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Crestron Brings Speedier TSW Touchscreens

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Crestron announces the next generation of TSW touchscreens-- the TSW-560, TSW-760 and TSW 1060, all promising a "bold new level" of performance and security for a broad range of applications.

TSW TouchscreenAvailable at price points identical, if not lower, to the prior generation, the latest TSW touchscreens carry a state-of-the-art Crestron processor for fast and responsive control and navigation, as well as enterprise-grade security leveraging on the 802.1X, TLS, FIPS-140-2, SSH, and SFTP protocols.

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RTI Intros Driver for MuxLab Solutions

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RTI releases a 2-way driver for the MuxLab ProDigital AV over IP product series, allowing installers to easily incorporate MuxLab devices into RTI automation and control solutions.

MuxLab RTIThe driver is ideal for both residential and commercial installations, and provides direct access and control of the MuxLab ProDigital Network Controller (model 500811) and input/output extenders, as well as the company's video switcher selection, through RTI user interfaces. Meanwhile the driver for MuxLab AV over IP extenders allows control of up to 128 output devices, 64 input devices and 128 videowall configurations and presets via IP.

For video switchers, the driver enables the switching of 4, 8 or 16 inputs and outputs via RS-232 or IP.

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Sevenhugs Kickstarts Smart Remote

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SevenHugs takes to crowdfunding to bring the world its universal remote-- the Smart Remote, a touchscreen-equipped number able to geolocate individual devices, allowing customers to control whatever they want by simply pointing the remote.

Sevenhugs remoteFirst seen back at CES 2016, the Smart Remote uses a combination of built-in motion tracking and three wall-mounted sensors (included) to triangulate its position within a room and "know" what device it is being pointed at. As a result it should be able to tell between a between a TV, smart bulb and audio system, and the touchscreen switches control interface accordingly.

Initial setup comes through companion app, and the company says the remote is already compatible with over 25000 wifi, Bluetooth and IR devices, including Samsung Smart TVs, Philips Hue smart bulbs, Sonos speakers, the Nest thermostat. In addition it can pair with IFTTT-enabled smart home hubs such as the Winks and SmartThings, and an open API allows vendors to easily add support.

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ABI: Voice Control is "New Breakout Star"

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Voice control is the "standout category" for smart home device control, ABI Research reports-- and one set for a brighter future thanks to solid marketing and the leveraging of smartphone digital assistants.

ABI Voice ControlAs a result, the analyst predicts voice control devices such as the Amazon Echo will represent around 30% of smart home device spending by 2021 (or annual shipments reaching 600 million, up from 40m in 2015), despite only being around since 2014. This is thanks to big names pushing in the category, with Amazon taking the lead followed by Google, Apple, Samsung and Microsoft.

“Voice control will not only draw in new consumers to smart home functionality, but it will help transform a wide variety of new and emerging smart home services and devices into more attractive investments,” ABI adds. “The stage is set for voice control to become the heart of any smart home system.”

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URC Launches TDC-7100 and TKP-7600 Interfaces

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URC announces a pair of user interfaces for the Total Control system aimed at the custom installation channel-- the TDC-7100 tabletop controller and the TKP-7600 in-wall touchscreen.

URC ControllerThe two devices feature a 7-inch touchscreen for the control of home entertainment and smart home products, as well as an intercom with door station integration through the addition of a built-in camera, microphone and speaker. Such functionality also enables room-to-room  and whole house family communication.

In addition the TDC-7100 features an integrated induction charging base.

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