San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Denver -- HydraConnect this week announced improvements to its HSS line of HDMI matrix processors.
The company has added three new system drivers, for Savant, Bitwise Controls and Elan g! automation systems, and has extended the replacement warranty on its processors to five years.
The HSS line already supports Control4, Crestron, RTI, and iRule systems.
Current owners of HSS-2 and HSS-3 processors will have their existing warranties retroactively reset to the original date of purchase.
Austin, Texas — Startup Ube Management, whose founders include former CEDIA CEO Utz Baldwin, plans November availability of free Android and iOS apps that deliver Wi-Fi and cellular control of more than 200 IP-based home electronics and home-control products.
The compatible products range from smart TVs and set-top boxes to garage-door openers, thermostats, and planned Ube-brand lighting dimmers and smart power outlets. The lighting dimmers and smart outlets are due in March.
Indianapolis — RTI will go to the CEDIA Expo with its new KX7 in-wall 7-inch color-LCD touchpanel, 3.5-inch KX2 in-wall keypad controller with LCD display, and SURFiR RF remote to control home systems.
The KX7 controls a home’s entertainment, security and environmental systems though a 7-inch 800 by 480 WVGA capacitive multitouch display that needs no separate control processor
Providence, R.I. — Nortek has completed the previously announced consolidation of its residential technology brands into one group that is now calling the Core Brands group.
The group consolidates 10 residential brands from Nortek’s technology solutions segment. The brands are Aton, BlueBolt, Elan, Furman, Niles, Panamax, Proficient, SpeakerCraft, Sunfire and Xantech.
Sarasota, Fla. -- Clare Controls is adding a new Linux-based controller and wireless Z-Wave support to its ClareHome line of home-automation system to reach more aggressive price points and expand the selection of controllable home systems.
The products will be shown at the CEDIA Expo.
The addition of Z-Wave support enables Clare’s systems to control such Z-Wave-enabled products as Schlage door locks and Z-Wave thermostats/humidistats.
Irvine, Calif. – Celerity Technologies, a startup company, is launching its first product, a detachable fiber-optic cable with audio return channel and a two-step install process for electronics systems contractors.
The cable, which will be shown at the CEDIA Expo, sends uncompressed HDMI signals over long distance while fully supporting HDMI specs for video, audio and data, the company said. The cable is also the first fiber-optic cable to support HDMI’s audio return channel, the company added.
The gain came on a 9 percent increase in sales to $615.7 million and operating earnings that more than doubled to $53.7 million from a year-ago $20.8 million.
For the half, sales rose 8.1 percent to $1.14 billion, and the company posted net earnings of $17.3 million compared with a year-ago loss of $53 million.
Audio products are trying to get along better.
At CES, suppliers plan to unveil more audio products that network together or with PCs, and more products are expected to go a step further by integrating previously separate products into a single chassis.
Onkyo is expanding its selection of A/V receivers (AVRs) with networking and ability to drive front-height channels.
In its TX series, Onkyo launched the networked TX-NR807 at a suggested $1,099 and the non-networked TX-SR707 at a suggested $899. In the newly created HT series of AVRs, intended for broader distribution, Onkyo launched the networked $1,049-suggested HT-RC180 and the non-networked $549-suggested HT-RC160. All four are seven-channel models.