CEDIA 2012

I am part of the CEPRO Blog Mob this year. First round of CEDIA swag Pic below. Thanks CEPRO, Julie Jacobson, URC, RTI, Panasonic and Monoprice!

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What ever happened to the HP Slate?

Ever wonder what happened to the HP Slate? It was buzzing around the blogs for a while then pfft.. nothing. I found out where HP put them! In their printers!

Ok.. maybe they aren’t re-purposed Slate’s.. but they are removable 7″ wi-fi android “Zeen” tablets. No access to apps according to websites i have read. Screen quality sucked. Looked like 16 bit graphics or seriously stretched images. I wonder if these are being counted in the iPad vs Android polls.


Pronto Dead.. Again.. For Good This Time..

CEPro says that Pronto is finally dead.. for real this time.

My comment from the article page…

I sit here somberly gripping my (still fully functional) Pronto TS-1000 wondering WHY!.. WHY!

Seriously.. WHY? What i mean is.. why does my TS-1000 still work reliably after all these years? Think about the white screens of death and the battery & wi-fi range fiascos of the last few years. Maybe i should be asking WHAT as in what the hell is going on with control system manufacturers and their QC team.

I created this for someone a couple of months ago. They were trying to keep the product afloat.

Philips Pronto Dead


Control System WI-FI Touchpanel Evolution

The iPad is a revolutionary device that millions around the world own or want. It already has and will continue to change the way many “personally compute”. The iPad is also causing a stir in the Home Automation /System Integration world. WI-FI touchpanels from control system manufacturers like Crestron typically cost in the neighborhood of $3000-5000. The entry level iPad costs $500. There are many pros and cons to using the iPad as a control system touchpanel, here are a few.


Significantly less expensive
Better wi-fi range
Better display
Better battery
1/2 to 1/3 lighter
Access to the App Store


Suffers from limitations and/or requires 3rd party products & software
Connection lag or app loading time creates a few seconds of user frustration
Will be the target of theft in a commercial setting
No promise of consistency from Apple. It will be difficult to maintain the product.

I am sure there are other issues but i think these are the most important. There are valid arguments against using the iPad as a control system touchpanel but once you have one in your hands it becomes very difficult to say no. I can remember handing a TPMC-10 to a client for the first time. I can remember handing a TPMC-8X to a client for the first time. Neither prompted a smile on the clients face that the iPad did. Whoever you are, whatever your experience in this industry… when you see how the clients respond to this product in person you will understand why I and so many others are excited about the iPad.

I don’t think the iPad will ever be good for a commercial application. People will be prying them loose from in-wall and lectern mounts on a daily basis. I think the existing quirks will be ironed out over the next 6 months and then it will be a perfect fit for residential. Here are a few pics of the TPMC-10/TPMC-8X/iPad. Its one thing to discuss the battery life and cost but another to actually see how much difference there is.

10.4″ diagonal screen
16 Bit 65,536 colors
Battery 3 Hours
Release Date : September 10, 2004

8.4″ diagonal screen
18 Bit 262,000 colors
Battery 9 Hours (more like 2 hours with extended battery)
Release Date : September 14, 2006

9 5/8″ diagonal screen
24bit 16,777,216 colors
Battery 9 Hours
Release Date : April 3, 2010 (from wikipedia)


Panduit Opticam Fiber Termination

Thinking about Crestron Digital Media brought me to this youtube video for Panduit Opticam fiber termination system. WOW!


How To Configure Crestron Mobile Pro

I found this link at Its a great step-bystep article by that explains : How to setup an iPhone to control a Crestron system. I wish Crestron would put something like this together for every touchpanel.


Crestron DVPHD Video Processing Solution

I have been busy with but now that i have a break i wanted to post this video. This is a very cool product.


Obscure Digital – CueLightTM Interactive Pool Table System

I am obsessed with this stuff now :) Here is one from Obscure Digital – CueLightTM Interactive Pool Table System. (Thanks MikeZTC)


HDMI over Transparent Cres Fiber

When will it end? Crestron continues to blow my mind every single day. This is the first time i regret missing CEDIA. From the looks of it you can retro HDMI and control to any room that you can get a piece of finishing line to. This will be great for upgrading old systems that have display locations that are not wired for HDMI.

“HDMI Over Transparent CresFiberâ„¢ Provides Ideal Retrofit Solution” It’s being compared to fishing line.
HDMI over Crestron Transparent CresFiber

The HD-TX1-F and HD-RX1-F (send and receive units) also send RS-232 and IR simultaneously.
HDMI over Crestron Transparent CresFiber


Acoustiblok – Soundproofing

I did an installation in LA where the contractor on the project used Acoustiblok to isolate a home theater that was built on the 2nd floor. I had never heard of it and it looked like rubber roofing material to me. I could not believe how well the product worked. With the system off you experienced complete silence in the room because the rest of the home was kept out. You couldn’t tell when the system was on if you were not in the theater. During a recent follow up visit for upgrades the client told me how they spend a good deal of time in the theater with the system off because its so relaxing and quiet.

This video says it all.