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Another CEDIA Secret: Wireless NuVo Controller?

The handheld device looks like NuVo's in-wall Control Pads, with the addition of a "Zone" button


Julie Jacobson · August 26, 2008

An interesting handheld controller appeared recently in a graphic showing NuVo’s powerline-based Renovia audio system.

It looks very much like NuVo’s in-wall Control Pad touchpad, sans wires.

NuVo says to wait until CEDIA Expo to learn more about the unit.

My guess is that it can be used just like the Control Pads to browse music collections and select sources.

But wait. One thing the wireless controller has that its in-wall counterpart does not: a “Zone” button. Makes sense. If a Control Pad is built into a wall, you pretty much know what zone you’re in. If you’re carrying around a little wireless controller, you’ll have to select your zone.

It seems like this new wireless controller will make NuVo’s forthcoming Renovia powerline-based multiroom audio system a little more retrofittable.

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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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