HAI (Home Automation, Inc.), leading manufacturer of integrated automation and security products since 1985, announced that it is now shipping the second generation of the Home Theater Extender (the HTX2).
The new HTX2 allows for audio/video control using iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch (iOS devices) integrated with HAI's Snap-Link Mobile application and an HAI home control system. Additionally, Mobile Designer software allows for the customization of A/V interfaces on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
HAI's Home Theater Extender 2 (HTX2), part number 86A00-2, works with HAI's Snap-Link Mobile to control audio/video equipment. The iOS device sends the command to the HTX2, which controls the A/V equipment using serial ports, IR ports, and SPDT relays. Over 300,000 IR codes are built-in, and additional codes may be added using the IR Learner.
Interface designs for iOS devices can be customized using HAI's HTX2 Mobile Designer software. HAI provides generic templates that can be customized for TV's, Blu-Ray players, A/V receivers, satellite/cable boxes, tuners, etc. Advanced users can design their own templates, or purchase templates from HAI or third-parties.
The HAI HTX2 may also be used with OmniTouch 5.7e Touchscreens. Customized A/V interfaces for HAI Touchscreens are developed using HAI's Automation Studio, which is also used to configure the functionality of the HTX2.
"The ability to provide advanced audio/video control from our iPhone/iPad app is incredible, especially considering the price will remain the same" explains Jay McLellan, HAI President and CEO. "Homeowners will now be able to change the channel on the TV, the temperature of the thermostat, and the security setting all from one hand-held application."
HAI anticipates the HTX2 Mobile Designer software to be available during the 1st Quarter of 2012. It will be available via download at no charge for use with the currently available HTX2.