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.