February 04, 2009
| by Arlen Schweiger
There’s a lot more fun you could have with a 17-inch screen than the one you stare at all day long at work. If you’ve got a Crestron automation system running your home, you could add the new 17-inch Isys touchpanel for all of your controls—plus sweet graphics and high-definition.
Crestron just released this addition, the Isys TPS-17G-QM, to its HD touchpanel line as the largest screen in the series. It delivers full-motion HD video on the 17-inch WXGA widescreen display to go along with its automation and networking features.
“Touch-the-PC” remote touchscreen navigation lets you integrate it with an external PC, Crestron says, and the user interface even accounts for multimedia presentation and video conferencing for your high-performance home office.
The QM in the name stands for QuickMedia, a proprietary Crestron technology that routes all audio, video and computer signals over a single Cat 5e-type wire for simplified connectivity. The QM transmitter also connects conventional A/V and PC sources, at up to 450 feet on the single cable.
And, oh yeah, when you’re not using the Isys 17-inch screen to get caught up on your favorite web videos while you’re preparing dinner (hey, the kitchen’s a pretty good place for it, no?), you can tap it to adjust all of your lights, climate, security functions and other automated functions.
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.