Control4 Acquires Extra Vegetables, Gives Drivers Away for Free
Control4 to focus heavily on device drivers with acquisition of Extra Vegetables; EV principal Jane Scotland to lead Control4’s driver development team.
Control4 dealers, rejoice! Those awesome home automation drivers and apps from Extra Vegetables are now free. Control4 bought the company and won’t charge for the software starting today, the first day of CEDIA Expo 2014.
“We have made it our goal, in each product category we’re in, to make sure we’re providing the top devices and rock-solid device drivers for our dealers, so they can be confident when they’re installing products they’re just going to work,” says Paul Williams, VP support and training for Control4.
Extra Vegetables is famous in Control4 circles for its rich two-way drivers—more than 100 of them—for such products as Sonos, DirecTV, iTunes, security and several energy management products available mostly in Europe, where the company is headquartered.
EV principal Jane Scotland will lead Control4’s new in-house Driver Development Team, staying on top of priorities that … tend not to get prioritized.
Control4 marketing SVP Susan Cashen says that the marriage makes perfect sense for leveraging the speed of Extra Vegetables and the large support organization of Control.
“It’s the best of the best,” she says.
Importantly, all of those EV drivers, some of which sold for $150 or more, will now be given away free of charge to Control4 dealers. It is all part of Control4’s latest OS 2.6 to be introduced at CEDIA. (CE Pro will have more details on 2.6 coming soon.)
“The way we see it,” says EV principal Simon Scotland, “is that we can now become an important major ingredient in the entree rather than just a side order!
What About URC?
Last year, Extra Vegetables began working with URC to create drivers for the company’s Total Control system, starting with Sonos.
That development will cease, according to Control4, but the companies will work together to ensure a smooth transition.
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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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