New iPort LaunchPort Sleeve Has ClearConnect Hard Buttons for Native Lutron Control
iPort’s new LaunchPort Sleeve Buttons for iPad frame work like Lutron Pico remote for wireless control of HomeWorks, RadioRa 2 and Caseta lighting and motorized shades.
The product builds on iPort’s iPad sleeves for its LaunchPort inductive charging systems. Simply add the button option to the iPad mini case, and you have an elegant Lutron ClearConnect wireless controller available even when the iPad is off.
The buttons function like any other Lutron Pico five-button PJ2-3BRL remote. Currently, Pico is the only product that can natively control all four Lutron ClearConnect-enabled wireless product lines: HomeWorks QS, RadioRa 2, Grafik Eye and Caseta (including Sivoia QS and Serena motorized shades).
As with the Pico, direct control of compatible lights and shades is limited with the LaunchPort buttons. As a default, button 1 is for ALL UP/DOWN, buttons 2 and 4 for FADE UP/DOWN, and button 3 can be programmed as a favorite setting.
But, as with Pico, the iPort buttons can be completely configurable if used with a Lutron hub – whether a HomeWorks QS processor, RadioRa 2 repeater or Caseta Bridge – and integrated with a third-party automation system.
Simply map each button to any pre-configured scene or command to initiate macros or other events via the hubs’ respective RS-232, IP, contact closures and other connections.
In a media room, for example, the top button might initiate a MOVIE scene, dropping the screen, turning on the projector, dimming the lights and closing the shades. A different BREAK button might pause the action and bring up the lights – all of this while the iPad is idle.
As with Pico, the LaunchPort buttons are powered by a battery lasting up to 10 years.
The Sleeve Buttons comprise the top half of the two-part LaunchPort Sleeve. A customer purchases a typical LaunchPort Charging Station and iPad Sleeve and adds the purchase of Sleeve Buttons to create a complete the LaunchPort with Buttons solution.
The LaunchPort AM.2 Sleeve Buttons, shipping by CEDIA Expo, include 35 black icon-imprinted buttons for the iPad mini.
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at [email protected]
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