January 31, 2013
| by Julie Jacobson
URC wants to fast-track driver development for its new Total Control home automation system, and it has no better partner than Extra Vegetables, famous for its rich Control4 interfaces.
The two companies are teaming up to add more devices and services to the Total Control ecosystem, starting with Sonos.
At ISE 2013 in Amsterdam this week, Extra Vegetables is camped out at the URC booth demonstrating the two-way communications between Total Control and one of the world’s most popular multiroom audio system.
On a small URC touchscreen, Walsh tapped his way through his music collection, playlists and various online music services offered through Sonos. On the forthcoming Android-based touchscreen (“shipping imminently,” for $849, URC says), Walsh showed how one might scroll their way through Sonos just like they might from a native application.
“We’re going to try to get as many features of Sonos as possible,” says EV’s William Walsh. “URC Total Control is a very open platform, so we have a lot to work with.”
For example, even on the small screen, users can search for music via a pop-up keyboard. And EV plans to add features like the star button on Rhapsody.
URC and EV won’t say what drivers we’ll see next, but presumably we’ll see a trajectory similar to Control4.
Most recently, EV created a Control4 driver for the NuVo Wireless Music System. Additional interfaces include Autonomic, DMX lighting, Roku, Windows Media Center and dozens more, including several systems popular in Europe – Linn, Clipsal, Sky TV, Heatmiser and Dynalite.
“The more third-party modules available to our dealers, the more Total Control systems they’ll sell, and the happier their customers will be,” says URC general manager Doug Cole. “Extra Vegetables is well-known as an expert and a significant partner in producing those modules.”
You can find a URC Total Control dealer here.
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Julie Jacobson is co-founder of EH Publishing and currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro, mostly in the areas of home automation, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. She majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. Julie is a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player with the scars to prove it. Follow her on Twitter @juliejacobson.