NuVo Demos Euro-Friendly Renovia at ISE 2010
NuVo has modified its Renovia powerline audio system for the European market, where retrofits can be nearly impossible
NuVo Technologies’ highly anticipated Renovia system uses the home’s existing powerlines to distribute music throughout the home. So the product should be a natural for Europe, where it can be impossible to retrofit an existing home.
Eventually, it will be a natural, but NuVo had to modify the product to make it even more suited to unforgiving cement-walled homes.
The U.S. version of Renovia includes an in-wall amplifier that powers a connected keypad.
But that won’t work for much of Europe, where many of the homes have solid concerete walls. After the cement has been poured (or stacked), it can be quite a feat to retrofit in-wall anything, much less a beefy amplifier. So NuVo created an on-wall version … and made it universal for 110v to 240v applications.
As for the keypads. You don’t need any, as Renovia works with standard NuVo interfaces.
“The key for us is that you don’t need controls in the wall,” says NuVo president David Rodarte. “You can use our RF controls, and you can mount the amp on the wall or it can be free-standing.”
In other made-for-Europe news, NuVo continues to expand its line of keypads that fit the size and depth requirements, as well as the aesthetics, of homes in multiple European nations.
The company also has expanded the language options for its full line of multiroom audio keypads to accommodate French, Spanish, German and Russian speakers.
While many U.S.-based vendors offer non-English versions of their products, Russian “is extremely unusual since it uses the Cyrillic alphabet,” Rodarte says.
It was not an insignificant investment to support the Russian language, says Rodarte, but it was worth the effort – not only for Russia, but for other locales with large Russian populations
NuVo spokesperson Jeff Hayward of UK-based Wildwood PR, points to the Mayfair area of London, where many wealthy Russians have settled.
“Sometimes you can walk around and not hear a word of English,” Hayward notes.
He says, “Definitely,” support for their language could seal the deal for native Russian speakers.
Check out the Retrofit track at EHX Spring.
Electronic House Expo Spring 2010: The New Opportunities Show, March 25-27, 2010, Orlando, Fla.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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