By Lisa Johnston
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Petaluma, Calif. — Elan Home Systems is launching its first dedicated in-wall lighting-control keypad for integration with its g! multiroom audio/home-control system.
The $290-suggested KPCW7 keypad operates the brand’s Elan Lighting by Pulseworx lighting system, which incorporates Universal Powerline Bus (UPB) power-line control technology to make the system suitable for retrofit installs.
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Mahwah, N.J. — D+M has begun offering firmware updates for select Denon and Marantz AVRs and preamp processors to add Crestron Connected technology, which simplifies the components’ integration with Crestron home-control systems.
D+M said it’s the first component-audio manufacturer to participate in the Crestron program, which enables the components to be controlled from a Crestron home-control system as if the products were made by Crestron. The components will also be controllable from Crestron apps for mobile devices.
Harrison, N.Y. — URC has integrated control of current and previous-generation Sonos wireless multi-room audio music products with its Total Control home-control system via a software module developed by Extra Vegetables.
New York – Gefen is coming to CE Week with its first USB audio product and with upgrades to a home-automation device that provides tablet and smartphone control of multiple home systems.
The USB audio product is the $999 Gefen Compact Pro Audio Package, which just began shipping and consists of a USB-to-audio decoder, a pair of speakers, and a two-channel amplifier.
Hebron, Ky. — NuVo is tightening the integration of its wireless multi-room audio system with third-party home-control systems.
The company has released an API (application programming interface) that lets dealers set up their home-automation control programs to operate the functions of NuVo’s Wireless Audio System, including source and zone selection, queue editing, volume control for all zones, treble and bass, and the like.
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