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CEDIA 2015: ‘Capture’ an Autonomic Music Scene with Lutron HomeWorks Keypad

Autonomic now integrates with Lutron HomeWorks QS, enabling users to easily create and recall home automation scenes incorporating music presets, lighting and more

With Autonomic MMS server and amp, plus Lutron HomeWorks QS, simply press and hold a button on a keypad to create a preset scene that includes music, lighting, thermostats and motorized shades.
Julie Jacobson · October 17, 2015
If you get your lights, motorized window shades, thermostat and music settings just right, don’t you want to capture that moment? Now you can with a Lutron HomeWorks QS keypad and a Mirage Media Server from Autonomic, as demonstrated at CEDIA Expo 2015.

Autonomic, leading provider of music servers and amps, has integrated its products into the Lutron HomeWorks ecosystem, allowing it to be controlled like other Lutron home automation devices.

As a result of that effort, users can capture a Lutron scene that also includes an Autonomic music channel, volume settings and multi-room distribution – just by pressing and holding a button on a HomeWorks keypad.

Later when the button is pressed, the home recalls the scene – raising and lowering Lutron shades to the designated position, readjusting the thermostat and affected lights, and playing the selected streaming music station at just the right volume in only the specified rooms.

The process is “much like programming the preset buttons on your car radio,” according to Autonomic CEO Michael de Nigris.

But even though the feature seems so simple to the user, Autonomic worked magic to enable the integration.

“Any technology designer will tell you that implementing a simple but powerful user experience is among the most complex of engineering tasks,” de Nigris says. “Together with Lutron, our teams have developed a devilishly simple interface that belies the complexity that it took to bring it about.”

Autonomic supports Pandora, Rhapsody, Spotify, SiriusXM, Slacker, TIDAL, Murfie and Deezer, plus local and international AM/FM radio stations via TuneIn. AirPlay compatibility enables users to stream content from their iOS devices.

Autonomic suggests, “Use the HomeWorks QS wall-mounted keypads for the most commonly used audio functions and use the robust Mirage user interface for the less often used functions of the system.”

Lutron has a whole lot of sweet keypads to choose from, including the new Palladiom.

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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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