This new interface for SpeakerCraft’s MODE multi-room AV control system allows the Apple iPhone or iPod Touch to be used as a wireless remote with control of all sources and routing accessed on the touchscreen through an intuitive GUI.
SpeakerCraft’s iPhone interface in action
The system operates through the home’s wireless data network via a wired port on the user’s wireless router (the interface is generated through an embedded web server residing on a chip inside SpeakerCraft’s ERS 1.0 ethernet to serial adapter.)
This is another powerful addition for SpeakerCraft dealers,” explained SpeakerCraft president Jeremy Burkhardt, They will now be able to offer their customers the easiest systems to use in the industry. Our current relationship with Apple which allows us to control and display metadata from the iPod has already dramatically enhanced our control offering. This latest development, utilizing the Safari browser on the iPhone or iPod Touch to control the system, will expand SpeakerCrafts control offering even further. I hate to say it, but this is the beginning of the end for keypads. Soon any keypad that isnt emulated on a device like the iPhone will be obsolete.
According to SpeakerCraft, the connection is easy to set up, and there is little or no additional programming required by the installer. iPhone users will find the interface shares the look and feel of other iPhone functions and therefore presents little or no learning curve.
The ERS 1.0 with the embedded software has an MSRP of $1,000.