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Crestron R2 turns Android into home automation control

05/17, 12:40pm

R2 for Android does Crestron home automation

Slingbox creator Blake Kirkorian has now created Android-based software for use in home automation. Called R2 ($99, Market), it can control lights, home theater components, thermostats, sprinklers and other hardware connected to a Crestron home automation system. The R2 is not just an app for Android tablets or handsets, but can also run Crestron projects for iOS tablets and phones so it's more of an a platform and an app. It can therefore replace Crestron's remote control units and gives owners the ability to control their systems from far away places.

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Savant sues Crestron for anti-competitive home theater deals

09/23, 4:50pm

Savant files antitrust lawsuit against Crestron

Savant chose the start of the CEDIA home theater expo to sue Crestron for allegedly using illegal strategies to dominate home theater automation. The Massachusetts-based lawsuit accused Crestron of violating antitrust laws by reaching agreements that deliberately prevented dealers from selling Savant hardware. Crestron is said to have not only made exclusive deals with stores but actively threatening non-exclusive dealers that might carry Savant gear.

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Sony launches its first 3D home front projector in US

09/23, 1:50pm

Sony VW90ES brings 3D to SXRD projectors

Sony's presence at the CEDIA home theater expo started today with two new SXRD projectors, including its first 3D projector for the home. Much like a Mitsubishi equivalent, the VW90ES can output a 1080p image in frame sequential 3D with a 240Hz refresh rate fast enough to be smooth in both 3D and 2D. Although more complex, it can still put out an image at 1,000 lumens of brightness and a 150,000:1 contrast ratio.

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Sling Media founder previews Android-based home automation

09/21, 8:55pm

Apps shown running on Galaxy Tab

Sling Media founder Blake Krikorian has previewed a home automation utility geared for Android devices. Ahead of the CEDIA Expo 2010, Krikorian showed off the new home-control interface, named R2, which is specifically geared for Crestron's automation systems.

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