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RTI Ships KX10 Touchpanel

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RTI announces the availability of the KX10-- an in-wall touchpanel combining the capabilities of a control device and a large HD display in a single powerful interface.

KX10The KX10 features a 10.1-inch 1280x800 WXGA resolution display, and is programmable to the finest detail using RTI's Integration Designer software. Connectivity to local devices comes through IR and RS-232, while further features include built-in intercom support, proximity sensors and an ambient light sensor.

Wifi connectivity allows easy use in retrofit installation, while wired 10/100 Base-T ethernet includes Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) Plus.

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iPort Intros Surface Mount With Buttons

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iPort announces the Surface Mount with Buttons-- a combo iPad mount/IP keypad allowing installers to integrate the Apple tablet as a control interface anywhere, on any surface.

Surface Mount with ButtonsThe Surface Mount bezel features 6 or 10 individually programmable backlit buttons, with engraved icons representing key control system functions. Installers can customise button brightness and colour according to application, and a single button can accommodate a raise/lower multi-function button as well as a single button.

Buttons send JSON commands directly over ethernet via IP to the control system processor. The system is compatible with Savant, Crestron and Control 4, with additional drivers to follow post-launch.

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Logitech Takes Harmony Pro Remote to CI Channel

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Logitech announces the Harmony Pro-- a version of the Harmony Elite remote tailored specifically for the custom installation channel, featuring additions as "precision IR blasters" and a longer warranty.

Harmony Pro“Commercial installers have been asking for Harmony products that are tailored to their needs,” the company says. “Harmony Pro is the first example of our efforts to meet their special requirements, and we have several more planned over the coming months to address the commercial channel.”

For the curious, the Harmony Pro features the same remote and base station as the DIY Harmony Elite, if with silver tips added to the base. As mentioned earlier precision IR blasters (multiple emitters on a single wire) replace the two IR emitters in the Elite to allow control of more IR devices, while the warranty is upped from 1 to 2 years.

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RTI Integrates With Play-Fi Server

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RTI announces a two-way driver for the Fusion Research Play-Fi music servers-- allowing installers to incorporate the Play-Fi server into RTI automation systems, providing customers with whole-home audio control.

RTI Play-FiThe Play-Fi server combines the Fusion Ovation music server with the Play-Fi open platform from DTS. Designed for the custom install channel, the server bridges automation system and 3rd party amps and speakers, enabling both wired and wireless high-definition music distribution throughout the home.

It supports 6 discrete sources-- 3 physical, 3 Play-Fi-- in one box, as well as over a dozen streaming services (including Pandora, Spotify, Tidal and Tune-In), internet radio and iTunes backup/synchronisation.

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Extron Ships Capacitive TouchLink Pro Touchpanels

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Extron announces a trio of TouchLink Pro touchpanel models-- the 12-inch TLP Pro 1220TG, the 10-inch TLP Pro 1022T and the 5-inch TLC Pro 521M, all featuring capacitive and vibrant glass touchscreens.

Extron touchpanelThe TLP Pro 1220TG features video preview inputs that support high resolution HDCP-compliant video from HDMI sources and Extron XTP devices, while the TLC Pro 521M features a secure and powerful built-in control processor and ethernet-controllable device support. All three touchpanels feature faster processing and more memory.

For ease of integration, these touchpanels receive power and communication over a single Ethernet cable, with a design and features ideal for control applications requiring fully-customisable touchpanels with flexible mounting options. According to the company the touchpanels are designed for use in AV systems demanding complete interactive control of a broad range of devices. All operate on standard networking infrastructure using ethernet cable, and are customisable via Extron GUI Designer software.

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Logitech Adds Home Control to Android TV

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Customers demanding home control via HDTVs might be interested in the Logitech Harmony for Google TV-- since the latest version allows one to do exactly that in conjunction with the Harmony devices.

Harmony Google TVThe app features a grid-based UI and provides quick control of connected devices such as smart lights, blinds and thermostats, all without need to interrupt current viewing. Such functionality requires a Harmony hub-based remote installed on the same network, such as the Elite or the Hub.

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iRoom Adds Keypad to iTop iPad Dock

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iRoom aims to turn the iPad into a more flexible home automation control solution with the iTop-- a tabletop tablet docking station featuring an independently controllable keypad incorporated in the glass faceplate.

iRoom iTopThe iTop combines an aluminium base with a glass faceplate, and fits any iPad equipped with a Lightning port (be it the Pro, Air or mini) via adjustable connector. The faceplate features 6 customisable (via iRoom configuration app) backlit quick keys providing immediate IP control commands to any audio, video and electronic devices running on the network, eliminating the need to unlock the display, opening a control app and finding the right control.

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