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8 More New Products & Services from Control4 and Partners

Control4, ihiji, VoicePod, Autonomic, Extra Vegetables, Fusion Research, Leaf Audio, Global Cache demo new home automation and entertainment products at ISE 2014


Extra Vegetables' Control4 home automation driver for Heatmiser's Neo Wi-Fi temperature controllers with Mesh-Link mesh networking technology

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Julie Jacobson · February 20, 2014

In addition to its huge new array of supported IP cameras, home automation provider Control4 announced several other innovations at ISE 2014, and so did its partners, including VoicePod, Autonomic, Extra Vegetables, Fusion Research and Leaf Audio.

Read the descriptions below or jump right to the slideshow to view pictures and more details about the products.

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We already reported on Control4’s new camera integration, as well as the company’s new Lifesize videoconferencing interface and a new e-commerce engine for Europe.

But Control4 also showcased a version of its Wireless Music Bridge for hospitality, allowing guests to play audio from their mobile devices through the room’s TV or other speakers.

“No one else is doing anything like this,” they told me, noting that Control4 now has products in 27 hotels. (images)

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As for its partners, network management company ihiji demonstrated its newest suite of diagnostic tools which, among other things, regularly tests a network for speed, latency, jitter and other parameters, charting the performance for all to see.

ihiji’s Mike Maniscalco explains that the data is important if you want any credibility with your ISP.

“It’s hard for them to ignore it,” he says. “You can tell them, ‘This is what we’re paying for and we’re not getting it. Is it a provisioning problem? A modem problem?’” (image)

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Elsewhere at the booth, VoicePod, maker of voice-recognition products for Control4, introduced support for French, Italian and Spanish speakers.

The company also announced Android support for its VoicePod Mobile service, which was launched last year for iOS devices. The apps are now available on Control4’s 4Store. (image)

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One the streaming front, Control4 partner Fusion Research, maker of whole-house media servers, added to its Ovation Wireless Player introduced last year.

The new WA50 is the amplified version of that product, boasting a respectable 50 watts per channel plus an external audio input for a local device such as a television.

Auto-sensing capabilities allow the unit to turn off the streaming feature if, for example, you turn on the TV.

Retailing for about $695 when it ships shortly, the WA50 has all of the streaming capabilities of the original non-amplified unit. (image)

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Perennial Control4 developer Extra Vegetables, as we wrote earlier, demonstrated integration with a QNAP NAS during ISE.

But the company also showcased a driver for the Heatmiser Neo system, a Wi-Fi controller for boilers and underfloor heating systems.

Each Neo thermostat connects with each other and Heatmiser’s Mesh-Link hub, creating a type of mesh network that gets stronger with each device added to the network.

The mesh technology is important because “Wi-Fi is really bad in Europe,” says EV principal Jane Scotland. (image)

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Also at the Control4 booth, Leaf Audio, maker of multiroom A/V systems, introduced its first point-to-point product, the LTPTP-F HDBaseT extender kit with HDMI, data and IR/RS-232 pass-through (a Lite version LTPTP-L without data is also available).

Also, Leaf demonstrated the LTXP64, a 6-source/4-zone HDMI switch that is the company’s first matrix with embedded SDDP, making it instantly recognizable by a Control4 system.

Tack on the new LTPTP modules and you can stretch any of the HDMI ports over long distances via Cat 5 cable.

Leaf’s Dean Vaughan explains that dealers were asking for a lower-end solution to round out its line of very large, very feature-rich switchers. (image)

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Autonomic was on hand to show the latest iteration of its popular MMS-2 dual-source Mirage Audio Server.

The new version, MMS-2A features a faster processor and a new industrial design. While its predecessor looked something like a black Apple TV, the new version has a full 1U chassis that matches perfectly the look of Autonomic’s other servers.

It just looks meatier, more in tune with its rich services including stellar audio, cloud and local synchronization, large on-board storage, two-way IP control, and an extensive list of streaming services. (image)

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Finally, while we already wrote about Global Cache‘s new Link Relay module for the IP-enabling iTach Flex, we hadn’t seen a picture of the product. Now we have one!

The device features four relays and four sensor inputs. For higher power devices the board supports external latching relays to allow for communication with devices that exceed the board’s voltage and current limitations. (image)



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  About the Author

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at julie.jacobson@emeraldexpo.com

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