At InfoComm this week, Austria-based iRoom is revealing its next-generation iBezel iPad docking station, designed to provide immediate access to favorite commands on the iPad.
The product enables an end-user to choose favorite functions and set quick access buttons on the iDock. Through the intuitive programming, integration of the major home control systems (Control4, Crestron, AMX, RTI & Gira Homeserver) the new iBezel will grant quick and easy access to your favorite functions at any time, including lighting, audio, video, home security, and HVAC, with the touch of a button.
The elegant design of the independently programmable keypad, which is incorporated into the glass bezel, will give the iDock even more advantages besides the well-known touchcode security features.
As with all the company’s products, the iBezel has been developed, produced, and tested at the company’s in-house facility in Oberndorf, Austria. Building on the growth in popularity of the iPad as a control source with its ability to deliver feature-rich, customized, and intuitive interfaces, the new product is designed to remove some of the drawbacks of using an Apple product for control.
“A common criticism of using the iPad is that it needs to ‘wake up’ and you need to navigate to the control App before you can do anything with it,” explained Marc Hofer, iBezel CEO and founder. “The iBezel adds eight hard buttons on the exterior of the dock which means installers can program the most common functions into the product to provide immediate access to the lights, AV systems, HVAC, whatever you like.”
The iRoom team explains that the buttons are all customizable in terms of the icon used and can be programmed very easily using a simple list within the control app, which looks just like the system’s found within an Apple product. The buttons can link to major third-part control systems or act completely independently and control any IP addressable product via its open system architecture, effectively making the product an automation platform in its own right.
With a launch in June 2015, the product will be able to control 17 pre-programmed IP protocols, the company will also be looking to increase this as the product develops.
“The product also has a proximity sensor and installers can program what happens when the user comes near and the installer can also save and export to the cloud a copy of the protocols for each project, so an easily accessible backup is available should the customer manage to make a mess of things,” Hofer said.
Available in black and white for iPad Air 1 & 2, like its predecessors, it can still be locked and delivers the same mounting, charging and aesthetic advantages already established as key features and the company also underlines the 40 percent margin available on the product.