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Philips Offers New UI For Pronto Controls

7/22/2010 02:20:21 PM Eastern

Leuven, Belgium --
Philips Pronto has launched new user interface (UI) options for the company's
line of remote controls.

The new interfaces
mimic the dashboard and design elements of some popular sports cars, according
to the company, allowing custom installers to configure and personalize user UI
on Pronto controllers.

Five themes have
been created, each modeled after a different brand of sports car. The UI
includes various templates for commonly used control activities like multi-room
lighting control, as well as HVAC and shade control. Two-way control is also
possible for tuners and the HVAC system.

The new interfaces
mirror that of the car each one is trying to replicate. For instance, a user
hitting the start button will hear a roaring engine while the macro is executing.
The car logo on the home page allows instant access to the Pronto's panel
system settings and the battery gauge and Wi-Fi signal strength are redesigned
to look like the car's gas gauges.

Transport
activities on the controller have been designed to look like a speed needle and
have several positions corresponding to different functions, and different
activities feature different background images of the same car. For example,
the car's headlights control the room's lighting control and the car's dashboard
radio controls the room's audio. Multi-room user interfaces are implemented in
the lighting and HVAC control activities by using the rotary wheel to scroll
through different rooms.

The new user
interfaces are currently available for Pronto's TSU9400, TSU9600 and TSU9800
and are available from the Pronto Professional website -- for authorized Pronto
dealers only. Dealers should contact their sales representative to obtain
access to the password-protected file/site.

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