Card Access 5-Button ZigBee Fob is Tiny Home Automation Powerhouse
Card Access has tons of ZigBee Pro-enabled devices for Control4 home automation systems, but the little water-resistant Mini Remote may be the handiest ... control music in the shower?
Each of the five buttons can be configured to do virtually anything that can be done within Control4—unlock the door, open the garage, launch an “I’m Home” scene, control the audio in the shower?
Huh? Yup, according to Card Access research, the bathroom is the No. 2 place (so to speak) where audio is played.
Kyle Fraughton, representing the company at ISE, says that’s where he likes his tunes. Since the remote is water-resistant, he hangs it over the shower head and uses the buttons to control volume and select sources. He calls the contraption is “mini-remote on a rope.”
“Once you get into the shower you usually don’t have a way to control the audio,” he says, “so you can now turn up the volume, turn down the volume, skip forward or skip back, change playlists [with the remote].”
Also at ISE, Card Access was promoting its relatively new Z2ir ZigBee-to-IR module for getting IR signals to devices where wire can’t be run.
Fraughton also tells us that the company’s ZigBee range extender has been one of the best sellers: “A lot of time dealers use them as insurance—just put one on every job they do.”
Card Access ZigBee Pro Mini Remote
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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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