Savant Systems’ two new iPad docks enable users to operate their iPad from a desktop or in-wall cradle, for one-seventh or one-eighth the price of one traditional touchpanel.
Savant challenges traditional touchpanels with new iPad docks.
Both new docks are now shipping to authorized dealers.
The desktop and in-wall docks enable consumers to take advantage of Savant’s experience writing Apple software applications for the home automation market place, according to the Osterville, Massachusetts, manufacturer. Savant considers the iPad to be the most powerful and versatile portable device for any home, when combined with the company’s On-Screen Display (OSD) technology.
“With Savant’s iPad app, you have an Apple machine talking to an Apple machine,” explained Savant CEO Robert Madonna. “Savant controllers have an Apple computer embedded internally and our user interface was engineered specifically for the iPad, making traditional control applications look antiquated by comparison.
Savant’s configuration tool enables integrators to custom build iPad-based solutions requiring dramatically less programming and set-up time than traditional control platforms, the company says.
Savant’s Desktop Dock (MSRP $350) is comprised of a charging cradle and power supply, while the In-Wall Dock (MSRP $500) secures the Apple iPad within an attractive housing. It supports both landscape and portrait (horizontal and vertical) installation configurations and provides a removal notification warning, which will alert you if the iPad has been removed from the dock without authorization. The In-Wall Dock is comprised of a docking cradle paired with a low-profile magnetically attached faceplate.