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Global Caché Teams Up With mediadogg

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Connectivity product provider Global Caché announces a "strategic partnership" with mediadogg Software, developer of media device and home automation control software.

Global CacheThe partnership already bears fruit in the shape of iTower, an application Global Caché says enhances the UI of its cloud-based Control Tower IR database with a "rich and intuitive graphical user interface."

“The user interface that mediadogg has developed for Control Tower is really impressive,” Global Caché Tech adds. “It’s easy to use, employing drop down menus and an attractive GUI that we believe integrators and other partners are going to love. Their three versions of iTower will appeal to all levels of users.”

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Panasonic Intros Wireless, Batteryless Switch

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Panasonic switchCEATEC 2016 sees Panasonic present a new kind of switch ideal for both residential and commercial applications-- one the company says is doubly convenient by being both wireless and batteryless.

The switch is a simple enough device. It uses a power generator to turn motion (such as a button press) into enough power to activate a wireless signal. It also can be integrated into furniture, as seen in a Panasonic video demo where sitting on a chair triggers lights, fans, computers and music at a desk.

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ELAN Presents 12-inch Touchpanel

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The ELAN user interface portfolio gets an addition in the shape of the gXP12-- a 12-inch touchpanel compatible with all ELAN systems introduced at CEDIA 2016.

Elan touchpaenThe gXP12 has an 11.6-inch 16:9 display offering 1920 x 1080 resolution together with a 5MP camera. Designed for ELAN Intercom, the touchpanel provides high-fidelity audio for clear conversations and notification chimes, as well as a digital MEMS microphone with echo and noise cancellation.

Powering the gXP12 is a Freescale IMX6 dual- and quad-core processor with a NEON SIMD co-processor and 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9. For installers the touchpanel uses Power over Ethernet (PoE) and a 24VDC power jack, and is CE, RoHS/WEEE and PoE 802.3af compliant.

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DemoPad Presents Centro-8M Mini Controller

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Centro-8MDemoPad announces a smaller version of the Centro-8 control processor-- the Centro-8M, a device small enough to fit behind a wall-mounted TV ideal for smaller installations or single room projects.

It features 3 IR emitter ports and 1 receivers, and acts as an IP gateway for the sending of IR commands. An optional RS232 to USB cable adapter adds more system control, while the same Linux server software found in the bigger Centro-8 allows for macro commands. The result provides customers with means to control just about anything, from smart lighting to AV systems, through familiar remote controllers.

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PlayStation 4 Goes Pro

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Sony details the long rumoured 4K-capable version of the PlayStation 4 console-- the PlayStation 4 Pro (formerly known as the "Neo"), an upgrade featuring an improved GPU and a boosted clock rate.

Playstation 4 ProThe PS4 Pro is designed for use with the latest TVs, and as such it outputs both 4K and HDR video. However it is not meant to be a next generation console, at least according to Sony. "PS4 Pro is not intended to blur the line between console generations," chief architect Mark Cerny says. "Instead, the vision is to take the PS4 experience to extraordinary new levels."

For the curious, the console carries an AMD "Jaguar" 8-core processor clocked at 2.1GHz together with a Radeon-based GPU able to push 4.2 TFLOPs of performance, 8GB GDDR5 memory and a 1TB HDD. The result should allow for games with higher resolutions (up to 2160p) and frame rates, as well as 4K video support and the 4K upscaling of previous PS4 titles.

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RTI Ships KX10 Touchpanel

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RTI announces the availability of the KX10-- an in-wall touchpanel combining the capabilities of a control device and a large HD display in a single powerful interface.

KX10The KX10 features a 10.1-inch 1280x800 WXGA resolution display, and is programmable to the finest detail using RTI's Integration Designer software. Connectivity to local devices comes through IR and RS-232, while further features include built-in intercom support, proximity sensors and an ambient light sensor.

Wifi connectivity allows easy use in retrofit installation, while wired 10/100 Base-T ethernet includes Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) Plus.

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iPort Intros Surface Mount With Buttons

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iPort announces the Surface Mount with Buttons-- a combo iPad mount/IP keypad allowing installers to integrate the Apple tablet as a control interface anywhere, on any surface.

Surface Mount with ButtonsThe Surface Mount bezel features 6 or 10 individually programmable backlit buttons, with engraved icons representing key control system functions. Installers can customise button brightness and colour according to application, and a single button can accommodate a raise/lower multi-function button as well as a single button.

Buttons send JSON commands directly over ethernet via IP to the control system processor. The system is compatible with Savant, Crestron and Control 4, with additional drivers to follow post-launch.

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