URC Adds Sonos to Total Control, Teams with Extra Vegetables
As it does for Control4, Extra Vegetables is now writing drivers for URC Total Control, starting with a Sonos interface, launched at ISE 2013
Julie Jacobson · January 31, 2013
The two companies are teaming up to add more devices and services to the Total Control ecosystem, starting with Sonos.
At ISE 2013, Extra Vegetables is camped out at the URC booth demonstrating the two-way communications between Total Control and one of the world’s most popular multiroom audio system.
On a small URC touchscreen, Walsh tapped his way through his music collection, playlists and various online music services offered through Sonos. On the forthcoming Android-based touchscreen (“shipping imminently,” for $849, URC says), Walsh showed how one might scroll their way through Sonos just like they might from a native application.
“We’re going to try to get as many features of Sonos as possible,” says EV’s William Walsh. “URC Total Control is a very open platform, so we have a lot to work with.”
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For example, even on the small screen, users can search for music via a pop-up keyboard. And EV plans to add features like the star button on Rhapsody.
URC and EV won’t say what drivers we’ll see next, but presumably we’ll see a trajectory similar to Control4.
Most recently, EV created a Control4 driver for the NuVo Wireless Music System. Additional interfaces include Autonomic, DMX lighting, Roku, Windows Media Center and dozens more, including several systems popular in Europe – Linn, Clipsal, Sky TV, Heatmiser and Dynalite.
“The more third-party modules available to our dealers, the more Total Control systems they’ll sell, and the happier their customers will be,” says URC general manager Doug Cole. “Extra Vegetables is well-known as an expert and a significant partner in producing those modules.”
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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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