CEDIA Tease: iRoom’s Lockable iPad Tabletop Charger and IP Controller

New for CEDIA 2016: iRoom adds a lock to its iTop charger to secure any-sized iPad or other iOS device, plus a Wi-Fi controller to link buttons on the iBezel to automation commands.

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iRoom, maker of motorized and secure mounts for iPads, is coming out with a locking mechanism for its new iTop tabletop docking station. It will be shown at CEDIA 2016.

Demonstrated for the first time at Essential Install Live last month in England, the unit adds a sturdy arm to lock an iPad in place.

As a reminder, the iTop features a sliding Lightning connector, so users can fit any-sized device into the charger.

The mount also features capacitive-touch buttons on its “iBezel” to initiate virtually any command when integrated with a third-party Wi-Fi-enabled controller.

Speaking of controllers, iRoom is coming out with its own mini-controller, the iO-83, with a simple app to assign buttons to commands. It works with any iRoom mount with an iBezel.

The iO-83 communicates via IP (Wi-Fi and Ethernet) to control up to eight hardwired devices. It features three hardwired inputs as well.

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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

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