Platinum Home Theater: iRule "Winning in Functionality and Value Simultaneously"
After 2 action-packed days at CEDIA, our feet are tired, our heads pounding, but it's all good. Here's the basics and things of note.
Being the creators of our own control system built with iRule, you can bet we'd be interested in the competition in that area. There were more iPad apps than ever, and everybody has their own idea of how a control app should look and operate. Crestron was doing their own iPad app that works with their systems, but they weren't particularly interested in discussing the exact cost of even the most basic system. It seems you'd be into them for well over $3500 (plus programming time!), but that's a guess. (Sorry, Crestron, I'm not linking to you!) Key Digital showed their Compass Control system, which would be fairly economical until you needed to control any device that isn't up to IP based commands (like your TV, projector, older AVR, AppleTV...need I go on?), at which point you need their $2500 master control unit. So you could throw $2800 their way but you wouldn't have anything that actually controlled something until it was programmed. Universal Remote showed their usual line-up of candy-bar remotes with pseudo touch screens and the usual tiny buttons with 3 point gray type legends. We were impressed by the fact that touching a function button on their flagship touch screen system brought up the Windows CE logo for 10 seconds before it responded.
Pretty much every serious equipment manufacturer has a control app now. And this has created the virtual coffee table full of remotes (see my earlier post). It's exactly the same problem: a remote for each device, each is different, each works and looks differently, and you have to find the right app to accomplish the task at hand. But it's actually harder to exit one app and bring up another than dropping one stick remote and picking up another. I say: don't bother. They're free, and worth every penny you spend. I'm more convince than ever than our Platinum Control System will make your remote control life easy and happy, and won't break the bank.
We visited our partners at iRule and got our first look at the latest software that includes "drawers", little slide-out trays on your screen that can hold seldom used functions that slide out of the way when you don't need them, or help make a more usable screen on a smaller device. Watch for us to integrate those features soon! I've said it before, but again, after years of searching for the best solution, I think iRule, in the hands of an expert programmer/integrator, is the ultimate solution, winning in functionality and value simultaneously.Read more about Platinum Home Theaters 2012 CEDIA Report