New RTI Keypads, Remotes Include T3x with Camera, Mic
At CEDIA 2013, RTI shows range of home automation controllers including in-wall touchpads and handheld remotes, plus native integration with Lutron wireless dimmers.
Julie Jacobson · September 30, 2013
At CEDIA Expo 2013, Remote Technologies Inc. promoted the same great industrial design in a more affordable product, the T2i ($499). It has many of the same control features but lacks an accelerometer for gesture-controlling the environment, and does not allow for remote updates via Wi-Fi.
Brand new for CEDIA is the T3x ($999), which chucks the numeric keypad in favor of more touchscreen real estate.
Uniquely, the Wi-Fi handheld controller features a front-facing camera and mic so you can converse with visitors at the front door or with family members at home (handset-to-handset).
When it ships in Q2 2014, the remote will work with a number of SIP-compatible intercoms and other communications systems, says RTI vice president sales and marketing Pete Baker.
In addition to the handhelds, RTI showcased at CEDIA a few handy in-walls including the stunning KX3 touchscreen at the higher end ($799)—also featuring a camera and mic for video intercom—and the very cool WX-1 water-resistant touchpad with capacitive touch.
The latter looks a lot like the customizable glass from Vitrea that I called the “Best User Interface at ISE 2013.”
Who wouldn’t want one of these for the outdoors, bathroom or kitchen area?
Beyond the controls, RTI is “putting a stronger emphasis on audio distribution,” says Baker, noting the company’s new AD-16x 16x16 audio matrix switcher.
The unit features a new Web interface for zone setup testing and zone grouping configuration.
On a general note, RTI this year overhauled its tradeshow booth, shunning the usual product groupings in favor of a more solutions-oriented approach. The CEDIA booth featured scenarios such as “watch” (entertainment) and “comfort” (energy management).
RTI continues to promote itself as a home- and commercial-control company rather than a maker of universal remotes.
At CEDIA, RTI showcased its native integration with Lutron’s RF lighting controls. The Clear Connect Interface Module (CCM-1) sits on the network and allows installers to integrate select Lutron RadioRA 2 dimmers, switches, sensors, and plug-in devices into the RTI ecosystem without a Lutron hub.
Another new “Network Expansion Module” extends RTI control to IR, RS-232 and relay-controlled devices.
Meanwhile, RTI’s new Apex control platform introduced last year is gaining traction among third-party subsystem providers.
For example, Autonomic’s Mirage media servers are now optimized for Apex, “which is much faster,” the company says.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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