|Vantage’s Equinox 73 can be dynamically updated by users or by certified integrators as the user’s needs and preferences change.
Equinox 73, Vantage’s new glass-to-the-edge
LCD touchscreen, represents the next step in the
development of the Orem, UT, manufacturer’s
new family of interfaces, following on the heels
of the December 2012 release of its Equinox 40
keypad. The concurrent release of Equinox tablet
apps provides aesthetic consistency across all user
touch points in the line.
Slated for release this month for $1,500 (SRP),
the single-layer interface touchscreen initially will
include nine pre-programmed widgets for control
of functions, including lighting, scenes, weather,
climate, multi-zone audio, multi-zone video, home
theater, cameras, and security. Energy and timer
widgets will be added in the near future, according
to the company.
Vantage’s VP of marketing Reid Cram said that
the Equinox 40 and Equinox 73 have common
design aesthetics. “Both are glass-to-the-edge LCD
touchscreens with titanium trim,” he explained.
“The LCD color schemes are consistent; both
are the same height. The differences are that the
Equinox 40 is a single page wide and Equinox 73
displays three widgets at a time.”
With two tactile buttons, one to navigate to the
home page and the other fully programmable, the 73
can be dynamically updated by users or by certified
Vantage integrators as the user’s needs and
preferences change. As a Vantage Ethernet object
powered by POE, Equinox 73 can also be retrofitted
into any existing InFusion system, taking advantage
of current infrastructure. Equinox tablet apps have
been designed as complete manifestations of these
on-wall touchscreens, so users will have the same
interaction with their systems at home or away.
A Vantage integrator can configure the Equinox
73 for immediate access to 90 percent of user
functions, but once an Equinox 73 touchscreen is
programmed by the integrator, the end-user can
personalize or adjust, and save each widget with
a simple on-screen interface. For the integrator,
Equinox 73 offers both a prescriptive template
for quicker programming time as well as user onscreen
editing for further personalization.
The introduction of additional Equinox
interfaces, including the full single-widget version
of Equinox 4–a single-gang LCD keypad station
by Q4 2013–and mobile phone iOS and Android
apps, will round out the family. These products will
incorporate Vantage’s full widget-based control
Aided Equinox 73
Vantage’s Equinox 73 touchscreen
was conceptualized based on the
results from in-depth interviews
with several luxury automation
system users and influential
designers, according to the
Some of the key pieces of
1. Keep it Simple. While the
systems working in the
background might be complex,
keep the user interaction and
user interfaces simple.
2. Grow with Me. Users wanted the
system to be adaptable as their
family or needs change.
3. Let Me Play. Consumers said
they wanted to be able to engage
with the interface and enjoy
interacting with the system.
4. Talk to Me. The homeowner is
making a substantial investment
in a lighting and automation
system and wants Vantage to
engage with them and keep them
informed on improvements and
changes to the system.
5. My Dealer Defines the Magic.
The client depends on his dealer
to recommend, install, program,
and maintain his system, and to
add personal touches for him.
Having learned these elements
of a good experience, Vantage
set out to develop a set of simple
interfaces that are adaptable,
intuitive, provide for user
customization, and minimize
“Based on these tenets, we will
continue to focus on improved
product design, innovation, and
improving dealer productivity,”
Vantage's Reid Cram said.