UPDATE: What on Earth is Crestron Pyng? Patent App May Provide Clues
Speculation mounts: Crestron Pyng is a finalist in CEDIA's Manufacturers' Excellence Award, but no one seems to know what it is. Trademark filing gives some clues to the new home automation platform. Update: related patent application.
Now, if only we knew what it was in advance of CEDIA Expo 2014.
Crestron is being uncharacteristically coy about the new software, and the only hint we can find about Pyng comes from this trademark application filed on July 23, 2014:
Computer software, namely, software framework for integrating management and control of audio, video, environmental, data, and security devices; software application for mobile devices, namely, a software framework for integrating management and control of audio, video, environmental, data, and security devices.
Doesn’t sound like anything too novel, but it must be a pretty big deal.
Any guesses as to what it is? At the very least, what do you hope it is?
A patent application filed by Crestron (Fred Bargetzi, et al) in October 2013 and published April 17, 2014, refers to a system that responds to RF beacons “to determine a location of a user.” That information is then communicated to a server, which opens an application in response.
There’s a lot of pinging - er, pynging - in that scenario.
The particular application is for conference-room scheduling, but there are certainly parallels to location-based services within the home. As one dealer suggests in an email to me:
I think this new Crestron thing is a location aware technology (nfc?) that detects which room you are in and then opens the Crestron app on the page for that room…something like that.
Indeed, Crestron has demonstrated NFC-based implementations (called AirConnect) in the past for just such applications, but NFC requires very close proximity. More likely, if Pyng does refer to some kind of geo-location service within the home, it will be via Bluetooth on a user’s mobile device. Outside the home, it would employ a phone’s GPS, along with a Crestron cloud service.
Crestron programmer Richard Fregosa suggests: “It’s going to be the remote monitoring service they alluded to last year with ‘growing use of mycrestron.com’ along the lines of ihiji and some of the others.”
Here’s the abstract of the patent application, “Initiating Schedule Management Via Radio Frequency Beacons”:
A portable electronic device receives broadcasts from one or more RF beacons to determine a location of a user and communicates with a scheduling server to manage the schedule of a conference room. The portable electronic device receives an address and an application identifier from each RF beacon and opens a scheduling application in response. The portable electronic device then communicates with a scheduling server to receive the schedule of the location determined from the beacon broadcasts. The user may reserve the location and set a number of presets through the scheduling application. Updates to the schedule are communicated to the scheduling server from the portable electronic device.
More recent trademark filings for Crestron:
On Thursday, July 10, 2014, a U.S. federal trademark registration number 86333739 was filed for .AV by Crestron Electronics, Inc. with the description software for dynamic configuration of building control systems, building automation systems, and interfaces for building systems, namely, digital or analog multimedia presentation systems, conferencing systems, collaboration systems, lighting systems, shading systems, HVAC systems, energy management systems, voice/data systems, and scheduling systems.
On Friday, July 18, 2014, a U.S. federal trademark registration number 86341436 was filed for .AV FRAMEWORK by Crestron Electronics, Inc. with the description software for dynamic configuration of building control systems, building automation systems, and interfaces for building systems, namely, digital or analog multimedia presentation systems, conferencing systems, collaboration systems, lighting systems, shading systems, HVAC systems, energy management systems, voice/data systems, and scheduling systems.
Trademark HomeStart issued April 1, 2014: computer software for controlling and monitoring multimedia devices, home theater systems, and automation systems for lighting, audio/video, environmental control systems, HVAC, security, computers, appliances, water, and shades; remote controls and mobile phone applications for controlling home automation systems.
On Monday, July 28, 2014, a U.S. federal trademark for Crestron Electronics, Inc. registration number 85803202 was abandoned having the name VELOCITY. The Reason provided as ABANDONED - NO STATEMENT OF USE FILED.
Crestron’s “Machine that Goes Pyng?”
UPDATE: In response to some of the comments below, CEDIA issued this statement about the Manufacturers’ Excellence Awards:
While we can’t comment on any of the details of the product, we wanted to clear up confusion on how the product can be selected as a finalist before the product details are released to the public. The CEDIA awards judges, who are dealer/integrators, sign NDAs and review Best New Product submissions from the manufacturers. They select finalists based on those submission materials, then demo a number of the finalist products onsite at CEDIA EXPO to determine the winners. Hope that helps!
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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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