Best User Interface at ISE 2013? Customizable Glass from Vitrea
Capacitive glass touchpads from Vitrea can be customized with any background, control any high- and low-voltage devices; Crestron, Vantage, RTI, Lutron, KNX supported.
Julie Jacobson · January 31, 2013
Scratch that. I saw something very similar at Crestron yesterday and thought that was awesome. But Vitrea was first and they have more options so they get the win on this one.
The company makes VTouch capacitive touchpads that can be either etched or painted per the user’s specification. Behind the glass is a bank of LEDs – available in a variety of configurations – that are used as control points.
So what does one control? Vitrea has its own switches for high and low voltage, but it also has RS-232 and IP boxes to communicate two-way with a variety of home automation and other systems. Currently, the company has drivers for Crestron, Lutron, Vantage, RTI and KNX.
At ISE, the company is showing a doorbell application (with the homeowner’s name etched on the screen), lighting apps and two-way integration with Crestron.
The glass can sit on the wall, or Vitrea offers a back box that allows the glass to sit flush in the wall.
Interested? Check out the video and slideshow below.
Vitrea VTouch capacitive touch pads for home automation at ISE 2013
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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 email@example.com
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