NextGen Rebrands, Extends Lines

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CEDIA Expo 2009 Atlanta - NextGen came to CEDIA Expo with a new brand and a broad line of installation accessories.

The company, known as NextGeneration Home Products since its founding in 2002, will brand products going forward under the name NextGen, and has also created a separate product line called Nextreme, dedicated to specialty distributors, custom retailers and installers.

Here at the Expo, in booth 5851, NextGen will demo its Remote Extender Plus, which adds RF control to any brand of remote control by replacing one of the unit's AA or AAA batteries with a chipset mounted on an emitter. The Remote Extender Plus ($54.95 suggested retail) features a green power supply that reduces power consumption compared with the company's previous extender products.

NextGen's Remote Extender Genius ($119) has all of the features of the Plus but adds five addressable transmitters, allowing RF control of up to five same-brand components independently.

The Genius receiver features an internal antenna, two emitter outputs and two 2/3 AAA battery charging slots. NextGen called the Genius is ideal for high-end residential installations and light commercial venues, such as sports bars or medical offices.

Also new from NextGen is the Cool IQ ($249), a thermostatically controlled, variable-speed fan for system cooling. The Cool IQ monitors the temperature around a system and automatically adjusts fan speed to maintain the temperature set by the user. An external temperature sensor, sold separately, can be connected so that specific areas or components can be monitored and cooled.

Other products on display include an HDMI to CAT-6 splitter (mini-dongle $49, eight-way splitter $249); the Twister, a rotating, 360-degree HDMI connector for very tight spaces; and the company's Xtreme HDMI 1.4 cables.


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