Las Vegas - Elan will add to its g!-series multi-room-audio/home-control lineup at International CES with the launch of its first touchscreen designed for both tabletop and under-cabinet mounting.
The g! series starts at less than $2,000 for a single-room, four-sub-system installation and can be expanded to control home systems while distributing audio throughout the house. The system uses a standardized interface appearing on TVs, touchscreens, touchpads, PCs, iPhones and iPads.
The new hardwired tabletop/under-cabinet color-LCD 16:9 touchscreen is the 10-inch VL10 Valet at $2,500. It's available and joins multiple in-wall touchscreens, a 10-inch touchscreen that can be tabletop-mounted, a handheld remote, TV and PC user interfaces, and tablet and iPhone interfaces.
The new touchscreen features touch-and-swipe interface, an on/off hard button, a built-in speaker and microphone for messaging, IP connectivity for communication, non-volatile flash memory, and a screen saver mode that can display photos.
The touchscreen, which features always-on user interface, is particularly suited for use in kitchens and bedside tables because it can double as a TV set thanks to its analog video input, the company said. It can also be used in such applications as bars and boardrooms.