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Crestron Talks IoT and Collaborative Solutions at Microsoft® Worldwide Partner Conference 2015

Posted by Joseph Sarrasin on Jul 17, 2015 3:39:00 PM

Crestron was chosen by Microsoft® to participate at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2015, held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando from July 12-16. The WPC welcomed Microsoft partners from around the world and provided the opportunity for partners and customers to learn about the future of the company, hear from industry thought-leaders, attend presentations, and network with top tech executives from all over the world.

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Crestron helped kick off the WPC with a pre-show event discussing and demonstrating Microsoft Surface™ Hub with integrated Crestron solutions. With more than two years of collaboration between Microsoft and Crestron, the Surface hub unlocks the power of the group, while Crestron control and automation products, and enterprise AV technologies unlock the full power of the meeting space. With the new .AV Framework™, integrated Surface Hub solutions require no programming and are ready to use right out of the box.

 

Kor Baydurcan, Crestron’s Director of Software Products and Enterprise Solutions, joined a panel of Microsoft partners, including Linda Morant and Allan Young, to present the best practices for designing solutions that leverage Microsoft Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud technology. Throughout the panel, he discussed Crestron Pyng™, the revolutionary home automation app and how IoT changes the way people interact with their residential or commercial settings through dynamic system learning, which shapes to the user’s life style and improves performance while remaining energy efficient.

 

When it comes to IoT, this isn’t the first time Crestron has been recognized as a thought leader. At the opening keynote during InfoComm 15, CTO of Crestron, Fred Bargetzi, spoke exclusively on the opportunities IoT provides and how connecting, managing, and personalizing network solutions help us interact with our technology and push a business forward.

 

Meanwhile, at the Microsoft device bar on the showroom floor, both Crestron Pyng and the MC3 3-Series Control System® were displayed. These Crestron solutions leverage IoT and cloud technology and wowed conference goers with intelligent control and automation capabilities, whether in the home or across the enterprise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Evan’s Observations: Crestron App Now for Apple Watch™

Posted by Evan Ackmann on Jun 3, 2015 2:24:00 PM

 

After spending a long weekend with a 38MM stainless steel Apple Watch™, I started off a little skeptical about how a device like this might fit into life, either as a cool gadget, or functional tool. Based off of my personal use of the watch, here is my experience and reaction to wearable technology.  

Pairing

Crestron Apple Watch Active Web2The initial sync doesn’t make it clear what’s happening, and took about 30 minutes to get all of my relevant data over to the watch.As usual, the packaging was perfect and the watch came about 85 percent charged. When I started the pairing process, I noticed the watch has a “point cloud” floating around on the screen. All you do is point the iPhone® camera at the watch and voila, it’s paired.  Whether or not the point cloud conveys some sort of information to the device, it appears amazing.

 

The First Hours

The watch is constantly off and it was a little awkward getting used to the gesture to wake it up.  This is especially noticeable when I’m sitting at my desk reading a document and want to see the time. With a regular watch, it’s easy. With the Apple Watch, I have to do some strange wrist gesture to turn the display on. Driving home, I realized that the same motion that I used to turn my car to the right is the gesture that the watch is looking for to turn on, resulting in the watch being on for most my ride home.  It didn’t appear to impact the battery too severely.

The battery is a special concern for me and I can’t help but worry if it will last for a full day.  My first few days of testing this device resulted in using it far more than I normally would.  I recognize my abnormally high use right now, but I still can’t help but monitor the draining battery life. The good news is that the watch charges remarkably fast and I was able to go from about 35 percent to 95 percent in under an hour. 

 

Notifications/Reminders

Unless you cull the list of notifications going to the watch, your wrist will feel like everyone who walks by is tapping it.  Because I went through the effort of picking the things that could get to my wrist, I know it’s something important I want to see quickly; the watch allows me to do that – quick wrist flip, I have an appointment in 15 minutes, wrist down, done.

 

Crestron and the Watch

This is where we get to what it means for Crestron.  I won’t be hyperbolic and say that our watch solution will define the future of the company, but I would go as far to say, the kinds of things I want to show up on my watch are the kinds of things that will shape the future of our business.  This is an opportunity for us to leverage our technology and make homeowners feel more connected to their homes:

  • It looks like you’re headed home, do you want me to turn the lights on? <Welcome Home!/Dismiss>
  • You left without turning off the AC, should I take care of it? <Do it!/Dismiss>
  • Its bedtime, turn down the heat? <Cool me off/Dismiss>
  • Your son just got home. <Dismiss>
  • The basement light has been on for 3 days. <Turn it off./Dismiss>

Final Notes

Apple® sold millions of these devices and people are going to expect that we do something smart with them so that their watch can have value.  I believe it’s up to us to make devices like this valuable through higher level intelligence that we gather through our technology.  Highly personal devices like the watch are the future of smart homes and connected home-owners.

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Crestron App for Apple Watch™: Home Automation at Your Wrist

Posted by Evan Ackmann on May 18, 2015 5:05:00 PM

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Imagine you’ve just finished your typical morning run. As you approach your front steps, you realize you forgot to take your keys with you. What’s worse, you have a mandatory appointment in just 45 minutes. A wave of panic sets in. In that same moment, you remember that you just recently downloaded the Crestron app for your new Apple Watch™, which you’re wearing to track how many calories you burned on your run. Crisis over. You unlock the front door by navigating through your ‘home’ preset and adjust the house settings with ease.

The Crestron app for iPhone® now supports Apple Watch and is currently available in the App Store™. The app helps simplify home automation in many ways and makes forgetting your house keys a stress-free experience. The app provides you with convenience and comfort, giving you:

The best part about the app? Like all your other Crestron solutions, it allows for smooth and easy integration with your Crestron home control system, offering you a flawless, personalized experience, with the ability to monitor and control everything in your home, such as door locks, lights, and temperature.

What makes the Crestron App for Apple Watch different from using the Crestron app on your iPhone or Android™? Instead of having to get out of your seat to grab your phone or search through the couch cushions for your handheld remote, you can do everything from the watch that fits comfortably on your wrist. Easily change TV channels, adjust the volume, and more with the perfect hands-free device right there on your wrist, whenever you need it.

Simplify your life with the Crestron app that now supports Apple Watch, making ’easy’ your only option. Check out a short clip of the new app, below.

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