Control Suppliers Roll Out Apple Integration
By John Laposky On Sep 8 2011 - 3:01am
Attendees at CEDIA Expo here will
see a host of solutions for Apple handheld device integration
into installed home control and A/V systems.
Among them, VidaBox
has added Apple device
control capability to its multi-room audio and automation
The company’s LiivController LC-200 uses VidaBox’s
new vAutomation 2.0 control platform to enable any iPad,
iPhone, or iPod Touch to access system equipment via
Wi-Fi, turning them into touchscreen controllers for any
component via IR, TCP/IP and RS-232 commands sent
from the LiivController unit. The vAutomation 2.0 platform
can also be used to control any VidaBox media
center, allowing users to browse through their media in
the cover-flow style familiar to Apple users.
The LC-200 also controls four zones of synchronized
multi-room audio, without the need for additional matrix
switchers. Audio can be streamed from stored music
collections from any device across the network.
The LiivController unit features seven 3.5mm ports
that can be used as IR, video sensor, contact closure
sensor or voltage sensor ports. The systems feature
built-in IR learners and are expandable using Global
In another nod to Apple, VidaBox is showing its iPad2
on-wall mounts with integrated iPower charging station
for iPad integration into installed home systems.
The mounts feature slim 19mm aluminum frames in
seven colors and finishes, and optional accessories include
the iPCX charger extender kit for charging via a
single CAT-5 cable, and extra iPower charging stations
to continually charge up to four iPads from a centralized
location over distances up to 100 feet using a single
VidaBox also teamed with Extra Vegetables to jointly
introduce a Control4 driver, providing direct IP control
of any VidaBox system from any Control4 device. This
adds to the system’s existing capabilities with Crestron,
AMX, RTI, URC and other top-tier control systems. Using
Extra Vegetable’s new C4 driver, VidaBox systems
can be fully via Ethernet without the use of any IR beads.
Full two-way communications for browsing of cover art
for movies, music and other rich metadata are also in
the works, the company said.
VidaBox will demonstrate the iPad-powered multiroom
audio and automation platform in booth 4835.
(RTI) is introducing it
RTiPanel app, which extends RTI’s control solutions to
the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. With the app installed,
users will have complete control over any RTI XP remote
processor, and all connected electronic systems, from
any broadband connection.
Features include full two-way feedback, dynamic
scrolling lists and a completely customizable user interface.
As part of RTI’s new audio solutions, its iPod/iPhone
RTiDock come with rack-mount or desktop options, and
allows the ability to sync with iTunes over the network
through Virtual Sync technology. The device offers a full
onscreen graphical user interface and video output for
navigation through a video display device. A sliding tray
provides easy access and discreet storage of the iPod/
RTI is also showing its ProControl brand iPro.8 companion
controller that runs the company’s ProPanel app.
The iPro.8 remote works as an extension of the Pro-
Panel App running on a smartphone, tablet or PC. It
gives users the hard buttons and tactile control to which
they are accustomed in a traditional remote, and immediate
access to common functions such as changing
channels, volume control and DVR setting. It uses RF
technology to overcome common network-connectivity
issues and is designed for use with any Pro Control processor
with an activated ProPanel App.
, a supplier of lighting control systems, is
showing in booth 3337 its LiteTouch Keypad Studio
app for iPhone, a new tool that allows designers, dealers
and consumers to create virtual representations of
the myriad keypad combinations available with a Lite-
Touch control system.
LiteTouch keypads are available in 32 finishes, ranging
from oil-rubbed bronze and satin nickel to bold
ocean and simple white. Using the Keypad Studio app,
users can pair the faceplate finish with button, engraving,
and LED color selections. The app is available now
as a free download at the iTunes App Store.