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Cedia 2006 Re-Cap
By Eric C. Leese on September 18, 2006

With another year of record attendance for Cedia, RMS survives four days in the Mile High City for Cedia Expo 2006. Here's a look at some new and upcoming products we felt would interest all of you.

Cedia or the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association was established to aid professionals in the A/V industry by providing educational standards for today's and tomorrow's home electronic systems.

Cedia Expo – Day 1

Sonos

Sonos has released a new software update which includes the ability to stream the Rhapsody music service without the use of a computer. Other features of the update include internet radio, alarms and additional language support. Sonos users receive a free 30-day trial to Rhapsody, which includes top 100 charts and instant music libraries.

 

APCAV

American Power Conversion announced it's new power conditioner and battery backup, The S20. Featuring full network capabilities, the S20 can be fully monitored and controlled over the internet or any home network. It also offers environment based monitoring that measures and reports ambient temperature. Humidity monitoring is available as an accessory option. The S20 should be available in the 4th quarter of 2006.

 

Sooloos – Get In Touch With Your Music 

Sooloos is a new company offering what they consider to be a music system, not a single product. By offering three product series, Sooloos tailors itself to meet the user's requirements.

What caught our attention the most aside from the fantastic build quality and their interesting company history was Sooloos' unique interface experience. Offering the most extensive amount of metadata we've seen to date with any music server system, Sooloos really offers a great, easy to use interface while providing enough information to satisfy every music lover's needs.
 

In addition to importing metadata from the AMG service, utilizing that data to it's fullest potential was another place Sooloos really shined. The system offers a feature they call focusing which gives the user the ability to easily define playlists based on such metadata as detailed genres, moods, and tags. The playlists can be further refined by selecting specific decades.

With Crestron and AMX modules to be released shortly, Sooloos is surely a product we're keeping our eyes on.

 

Cedia Expo – Day 2

D-Box

D-Box gave an impressive demonstration of their upcoming ultimate gaming gear simulator. Offering such features as a race car seat style with adjustable depth and recline, an adjustable pedal plate, aluminum construction, a tilting support tablet for keyboard and steering wheel usage and an optional joystick adaptor plate for flying control. For those of you unfamilar with D-Box's technology, here's a brief overview.

The patented, award-winning D-BOX® motion simulation system provides dramatic, realistic motion that is perfectly synchronized with onscreen action and sound for an experience beyond your wildest imagination. These cutting-edge technologies and products are the final link in the convergence of audio and video into a completely immersive multimedia experience.
 
Motion simulators uses a two or four point suspension system to lift and move your seating in perfect synchronization with the onscreen action and sound, creating a virtual-reality experience in your living room or home theater. You're literally drawn into the action as never before, experiencing the same motional forces as the actors and players you're watching.
 
While they only demonstrated a single PC based racing game, several titles will be supported including Microsoft's Flight Simulator. We felt the system could have used some additional steering tweaks but the overall experience was quite a thrill and should be on any racing fan's Christmas list.

 

 

Slim Devices and Infrant Technologies

We were finally able to get hands on with Slim Device's Transporter that was announced last month and loved everything it has to offer. The only thing left for us to test is actual sound quality but we're confident it'll blow us away.

We were also surprised to see a new NAS device in the pipes from Infrant called the Repertoire. Available in October 2006 with both 2 and 3 Terrabyte versions to choose from,  this may be the ultimate companion to the Transporter. We will be contacting Slim Devices shortly for pre ordering combos.

 

Crestron
Typically Crestron has one if not the largest booth at the show and this year was no exception displaying several new products. We'll start with their upcoming user interfaces.

TPMC-8X WiFi Touchpanel 

The TPMC-8X is a replacement to the current Isys i/O TPMC-10 WiFi Touchpanel. This next-generation wireless touchpanel is packed with new features including a thin, lightweight magnesium casing, an 8.4" SVGA active matrix touchscreen, 1.5 GB of storage memory, and an AMD Geode™ processor for much improved speed and performance. Other features include a biometric fingerprint scanner, built-in bluetooth and 802.11a|b|g Wi-Fi capabilites, dual microphones, stereo speakers and onboard applications for conferencing and voice over IP. We're anxious to get one of these babies in-house for further testing.

TPMC-4X 

Even though this product was previously announced earlier this year by Crestron, this was our first hands-on experience with the product. Based on a 3.5" touchscreen and Wi-Fi communications, the TPMC-4X is Crestron's first true 2-way handheld remote. If the performance of this touchscreen is what we expect it to be, this could be a great addition to our handheld remote selection. This is another product we're excited to start testing out as soon as possible.

Stay tuned for days 3 and 4…

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