April 03, 2012
| by Rachel Cericola
Crestron is making a big splash (literally) with its new waterproof remote control. Just in time for warmer weather, the Crestron UFO Waterproof Remote Control can be used in the hot tub and/or pool areas.
Designed for use indoors and out, the UFO has a fun, floatable saucer shape and can provide control over connected entertainment systems, as well as lighting, thermostats, security, and more.
The UFO features a 2.8-inch active-matrix color LCD display and full-color customizable menus. It also has 2.4GHz RF wireless technology, which boasts better coverage—up to 200 feet indoors and 1,000 feet outside, as long as you add in the optional Extended Range RF Wireless Gateway.
“Crestron UFO provides all the benefits of an extended wireless coverage remote without the worries of water damage. There are all sorts of uses for a waterproof remote that floats,” says Sean Goldstein, Crestron’s VP of marketing. “In addition to obvious applications such as hot tubs, pools and yachts, it’s very popular in hospital operating rooms where everything must be sterilized. The UFO can be submerged in sanitizing liquid without being affected.”
Using the virtual sleep mode, the UFO promises up to one week of battery life. It also comes with an indoor docking station to make sure it’s available at a moment’s notice. In case you want to keep it close to the pool area, Crestron also has an optional outdoor docking station available for outside use.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.