Apple's iPad tablet PC has become the device of choice for some CE integrators building home-control systems. RS Audio Video Design, for example, recently completed a system in which a Control4 iPad application runs a 4,300-square-foot home in Rhode Island.
Home-control manufacturer Control4 is set to upgrade its systems to ZigBee Pro this summer in a move that will eventually allow its more than 1 million ZigBee-based installed devices to interoperate with a range of third-party offerings. The effort has some industry watchers predicting that the open-source ZigBee protocol will emerge as the long-awaited standard format for home-control applications.
BlueKey Wireless Technologies has introduced the BK-UNV01 module, a device that allows Bluetooth-equipped cell phone users to control home electrical systems. The unit, which retails for just under $500, features seven programmable relays that can control nearly any low-voltage device.
U.K.-based Meridian has introduced the M810 digital home-theater video system, a projector/processor that can deliver crystal-clear 10-megapixel resolutions. The system, with a contrast ratio that can exceed 10,000:1, is expected to cost about $175,000.