30.10.14

Habitech Announces LaunchPort with Buttons

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The world’s first programmable, independently functioning buttons on an iPad case provide instant access to key automation controls… S...

The world’s first programmable, independently functioning buttons on an iPad case provide instant access to key automation controls… Sonance’s innvotive Launchport mounting and charging system for iOS devices had been enhanced with buttons, which offer immediate and independent access to automation functionality. With the provision of a simple adaptor kit, installers can add the programmable, wireless, battery-powered buttons to the LaunchPort Sleeve for iPad, and in the process transform the utility of CI’s favourite control screen. Habitech Sonance LaunchPort with Buttons iPad Apps have the ability to provide a feature-rich, customised and intuitive interface for installers and their customers, but even so, they can be cumbersome to operate in an automation scenario because of the need to wake up the screen, navigate to the control App and find the control. By adding hard buttons to the functionality, Sonance provides the best of both worlds: immediate and continuous access to key controls as well as the mobile convenience of fully-featured Apps. By duplicating the functionality of Lutron’s Pico 3BRL and by utilising the power of Lutron’s proven Clear Connect® wireless technology, the LaunchPort sleeve buttons communicate independently with any Lutron® RadioRA® 2, HomeWorks® QS or Caséta™ network device. Once paired, the buttons can control a variety of Lutron systems such as HomeWorks QS, RadioRA 2, Caseta, Maestro and GRAFIK Eye, as well as whole-home automation systems such as Savant®, RTI® and Control4. With up to ten years of battery life the programmable buttons can offer direct and mobile access to the widest range of whole-house automation commands including those for lights, blinds, home theatre AV and multiroom audio, even when the iPad itself is turned off. The LaunchPort kit comprises a clip-in AM.2 sleeve component carrying the buttons and battery, and thirty-five soft-touch icon-enhanced buttons. At launch the button kits are available for iPad mini/mini Retina only. Commenting Habitech MD Jonathan Pengilley said “This is another great idea from Sonance and a game-changing addition to LaunchPort and iPad functionality, providing immediate control over most Lutron systems and connected whole-home automation systems, even where there is minimal Lutron architecture.” For more information, please contact Habitech on 01420 540054, or visit www.habitech.co.uk