The word is out about Creston’s latest home control system, Prodigy. Designed as a more affordable solution, many people are speculating that this is aimed at Control4’s market in a bid to make the competitor run for its money. Creston officials have only said that the Prodigy was created to expand into new markets. The pricing for the Prodigy system is similar to Control4’s $300 system, or $700 system + 2-way ZigBee remote.
The FC-9 digital DSP system controller from German audio manufacturer Fohhn is shipping now. It is designed for fixed installations, and measures just 19-inches. It is a 1U rackmount remote unit that includes 4 inputs, 6 outputs, and network compatibility for use with a laptop, Creston products, AMX products and more.
Universal Remote Control has released the MX-5000, a remote that has only virtual buttons that respond to tactile feedback, or haptics. This technology makes each click of the button feel as real as the real thing. The remote uses a single sensation for all of the button presses, but URC is looking into expanding this to include different sensations for such processes as volume control.
Guests at CEDIA in September might see a NuVo on-wall iPod dock system that uses iPort technology. NuVo will partner with Sonace to use their iPort technology, which allows an iPod to be integrated seamlessly to an on-wall device.
The new Creston CEN-IDOCV integrates total home control with the iPod. The Creston touchpanels will display the iPod interface and audio/video data using two-way communication. By using USB over Ethernet technology, users can synch their iPod to any home computer using iTunes through this dock.