Crestron to Demo NFC, Airplay, Drag-and-Drop Programming

New Crestron Studio drag-and-drop programming environment is backward-compatible with existing programs. Plus, check out Crestron’s new NFC- and Airplay-enabled products.


My own integrator, Drew Wiatrak of Sensation Design Group in the Twin Cities, tells me he’s going to CEDIA Expo 2012 because, “I am wanting to check out the new blinds stuff from Crestron!”

Those would be Crestron’s first line of motorized shades that the company announced recently. The manufacturer boasts the “quietest motor on the market” for its motorized roller shades, Roman shades, skylight shades and drapery track systems.

But that’s not all you’ll see from Crestron this year.

In a teaser sent out to the press, Crestron says it will be showcasing products with Near Field Communication (NFC), one of CE Pro’s Top 5 Technologies to Watch for 2012.

NFC gained notable visibility in 2011 with the launch of Google Wallet and other mobile payment platforms. But we haven’t seen much of it in the CE pro channel since Yale/Assa Abloy showed us an NFC-enabled door lock at CEDIA 2011.

In addition, Crestron says it will demonstrate products for Airplay “and other emerging technologies to take home automation to the next level.”

In another Crestron development, the company will demonstrate Crestron Studio – Home Designer, a new drag-and-drop programming environment that builds on Crestron’s SmartObject technology introduced earlier this year. Crestron Studio is backward-compatible with existing Crestron programming.

Crestron explains:

Whether you’re a beginner programmer or a power user, Crestron Studio – Home Designer lets you program a Crestron control system quicker and easier in a single environment. Plus, it’s backward compatible with existing programs so all your old projects can be maintained without worry.

Simply drag and drop a SmartObject, such as the media player, from the library. One object and one line of code for all touch screens and mobile devices. One project can be uploaded to all displays simultaneously, regardless of size, resolution or platform. No reprogramming, redrawing or resizing necessary. You can even change touch screen themes and text on the fly without disturbing programming behind the scenes.

Crestron at CEDIA Expo 2012: Booth 4324
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About the Author

Julie Jacobson
Julie Jacobson:

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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