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.
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.
Savant remote integrates iPod touch internals
Home automation peripherals maker Savant introduced its unique touchscreen remote control this week. Dubbed Savant Touch Remote, it uses the latest iPod touch as the interface. It will use iOS 4.2 with a custom Savant app on top. This lets users control their multi-room A/V systems and still download apps, use FaceTime for calling and perform other typical iPod functions.