Lake City – Control4’s second-generation operating system, promised at
to ship by the end of 2009, has become available with
upgrades, including the ability to support user-downloadable Flash-based
markets IP-based home-control
systems that use Ethernet, Wi-Fi and wireless ZigBee networks to integrate the
control of multiple home systems and create multi-room-audio systems.
OS 2 also supports wireless ZigBee Pro hardware, features a new user interface,
and lets customers mark favorite pages for display on their touchscreen
controllers or TV display. Another new feature, DLNA compatibility, enables
Control4’s multi-room-audio systems to stream music, cover art, photos and
video from networked Windows PCs. Other enhancements include the addition of
WMA, AAC and FLAC music playback to MP3 playback. The OS also enables third-party
suppliers of Control4-compatible products to write their own user interfaces,
which would appear on Control4 touchscreens and connected TVs.
will let consumers
download applications to their Control4 system directly through the Internet.
The apps would appear on Control4’s touchscreens or connected TV. During the
CEDIA Expo, the company demonstrated 20 apps, including Picasa, Facebook,
Twitter, sports and news.