3 Awesome New Demos at the Crestron Experience Center
Samsung home automation app, motorized drapery with a unique feature, and a brand new DigitalMedia showcase highlight updated Experience Center at Crestron HQ.
The new DigitalMedia wing of the Crestron Experience Center in Rockleigh, N.J., is now complete and I had the opportunity to christen the space during a visit to HQ this week. Beside touring the brand new DM section, I enjoyed a couple of other demos that made me go, “Wow!”
1. DM on Display
One of the most revered pieces of the Crestron ecosystem is the DigitalMedia line, featuring a wide range of fast-switching HDMI components that deliver lots of content over a single wire. The company was arguably the first in the channel to deploy what is now HDBaseT, but it has never really showcased the technology in a friendly setting.
Until now. This week, Marcus Simmons, manager of the Center, took me on a tour of the new showcase, which previously comprised a bunch of components stacked on a table – granted, a very pretty and very expensive table!
In the new space, all of the components are displayed front and rear, and live demos show visitors just how fast a DM switcher can switch between sources and displays. A video wall demonstrates the simplicity of manipulating content to fill a full screen, occupy a single display, span a few displays … whatever.
Take the tour here:
VIDEO: DigitalMedia at Crestron Experience Center
2. Motorized Drapes: Who Knew?!
I’ve seen and used plenty of motorized drapes in my life. Most recently, they graced a fancy New York hotel, where the open/close buttons were mounted by the bed. The room was big, though, and it was a pain to tap the keypad by the bed to open or close the drapes when I was standing at the window itself.
This would not have been a problem if they were Crestron drapes. Did you know you can move the drapes manually in the event of a power outage?
Additionally, you can initiate motion simply by tugging on the window covering – tug to move the drapes; push to stop it.
VIDEO: Crestron motorized shades: start and stop
3. Samsung App is Really Cool
All of you dealers who made doubtful comments about Crestron’s new app for Samsung TVs? Go see it yourself. It works like a charm, especially if you’re a hard-button girl like me who doesn’t like to look down to find a button on a touchscreen.
As I saw at the Experience Center, the demo is quite compelling and I can’t imagine why integrators wouldn’t mention it for clients who have Samsung TVs (OK, I can imagine it, judging from comments on the last story).
Doubters … check it out at CEDIA Expo 2013.
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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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