Sep
0

Stupid Video Awesome Products

Not sure who signed off on this goofy video over at Crestron but the products in it have my mouth watering. Goodbye Savant!

Aug
0

RTI ST-7

RTI has finally decided to add sexy to their large panel line up. The T4 looked like some sort of Radio Shack DIY mod.

Read about it @ CEPro.com : RTI’s Sleek ST-7 Universal Controller Talks Two-way ZigBee, WiFi. (article by Julie Jacobson)

Aug
5

Prodigy Composer Is Here!

I downloaded Prodigy Composer a couple days ago and quickly went thru setting up a fake system. I spent about an hour configuring a 4 zone system with a hand held remote, an in-wall touchscreen an iphone & xpanel interface. I added lighting and climate control also. When i was done i was able to open it in System Builder to polish it up. I don’t have the hardware to test with yet so i don’t know if i am really done programming after an hour. The Destiny template looks very nice. It appears to operate just like a System Builder generated system. While i wont be able to comment on functionality just yet, i have to say that programming was quite painless.

Screenshots of the iPhone user interface :

Prodigy iPhone UI

Prodigy iPhone UI

Prodigy iPhone UI

Adding…

These links will take you to a few screenshots of the xpanel destiny interface. I did not post them because they are larger than my blog layout and i haven’t figured out the gallery tool just yet :).

http://wiremunky.com/image/screenshots/prodigy_xpanel_3.jpg

http://wiremunky.com/image/screenshots/prodigy_xpanel_2.jpg

http://wiremunky.com/image/screenshots/prodigy_xpanel_1.jpg

Aug
3

Crestron Prodigy Brochure Available

If prodigy had a plug and play CCTV camera and door bell-intercom solution i could spec it for a good portion of the projects i install. Another thing i would like to see is a wireless touchscreen. If Apple ever puts out a 7 or 9 inch touchpanel it would be a perfect add on for prodigy.

I am happy to see a wizard based system from Crestron. From the looks of it Crestron dealers will no longer have to look elsewhere for… well for anything. According to this CEPro article “A Prodigy system starts at about $825 for the controller, remote and wireless gateway (optional, but you’ll want it)”. This puts prodigy in line for entry level systems that we would have quoted other control systems for.

Welcome to a world where rock solid Crestron hardware is affordable and easy to install. Download the brochure from Crestron with the link below.

– Crestron Prodigy Brochure

Jul
Jul
0

On-Q Legrand Snap & Go Cat5E / Cat6 Jacks

FlyingMachine pointed me to this video @ On-Q’s website : http://www.onqlegrand.com . These jacks are similar to Panduits Mini Com but the termination tool is built in.

Jun
Jun
2

Best Buy Worried About Walmart

I read an article 3 or maybe 4 years ago now the predicted the fall of Circuit City. It was right around the time that Walmart began to push heavily towards CE product sales. Cameras, Computers & Flat Screen TV’s. I wish i would have saved the article, it explained how Walmart would chip away at Circuit City’s #2 role in the big box store arena. What the article did not mention is how online sales would play a role. Between online sales and Walmart there was no room left for Circuit City and they eventually folded.

Best Buy is next. Whenever companies name names in commercials its because they are getting worried and maybe even a little desperate. I wish i had time to experiment. I would love to find a TV at Walmart and try to get Best Buy to price match it. They probably don’t carry the same models making this video sillier than it already is. I guess Best Buy has to deal with tire kickers also :).

May
1

Google Wave – Welcome to the future of communication & collaboration

Google Wave was introduced at Google IO 2009. I think its game over for Microsoft :). Wave is a new browser based tool for communication and collaboration on the web, coming later this year. You have to watch the video to get the full WOW.

Google Wave is what email would look like if it were created today. One feature i have to mention is the ability to imbed a wave into a webpage. The demo video shows how this is used to create a blog with it. It starts around the 20:20 minute mark.

May
0

Apple TV Talks Back (To Crestron)

In a recent CEPro article titled Autonomic Bows Two-way IP Control and Feedback for Apple TV written by Julie Jacobson, Autonomic Controls describes their new 2way Apple TV module for Crestron. Please see the CEPro article for more information.

I think this is great news. Apple TV is a great product and the 2 way module will make it a perfect option to close the gap between a client’s portable media player and their home media server.

I have not had my hands on Crestron’s new iServer but on paper it looks like the Apple TV might be a better fit for some clients.

Some integrators are anti Apple because they don’t have a program for Custom dealers. Personally i think that the iPod has caused a surge in Distributed Audio. I think the 2way module from Autonomic will do the same for Video.