Home Technology : Audio / Surround Sound
Control4 Delivers New Personalized Listen Experience
This week within the bustling halls of Amsterdam’s RAI convention center, Control4 introduced two exciting components that will make up its enhanced “Listen” experience.
Throughout Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), Control4 demoed its new Wireless Music Bridge, which enables consumers to effortless connect, stream and enjoy music and music services through applications found on their smartphone, tablet or computer. In addition to the new Wireless Music Bridge, the home automation leader announced that starting in Q2 2013, Control4 systems will natively include TuneIn, the leading service for listening to music, sports, news and comedy streams from around the world.
“TuneIn and our new Wireless Music Bridge are powerful additions to our Listen experience and provide customers a natural way to enjoy their favorite radio stations, podcasts, audio books and music within the home,” said CEO Martin Plaehn. “Whether you walk into your home and tap into your favorite playlist on your iPad, invite your guests to share their music collection from their smart phone, or tee up the BBC in the kitchen, we’re making it easy to access and enjoy personal media throughout the home.”
The Control4® Wireless Music Bridge
The new Control4 Wireless Music Bridge enables homeowners, family members and their guests to wirelessly connect to a Control4 system to enjoy all the music stored on or accessed via personal smart phones, tablets and computers. The Wireless Music Bridge also provides a convenient path for Control4 customers to connect to streaming music services such as Pandora or Spotify on their personal smart devices from a Control4 system – all while preserving full phone and smart device browsing and application capability. Additionally, the Wireless Music Bridge delivers available artwork and metadata directly into the Control4 environment for display within the Control4 “Now Playing” interface on touch-panels, TV on-screens and the MyHome app.
Most exciting, the new Wireless Music Bridge brings together Ethernet, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity technologies into a single product, allowing nearly every smart device to “push” music, podcasts, news, sports and audio books into the Control4 system via full support for streaming for iOS devices, as well as Bluetooth and DLNA for other phones and tablets.
The Control4 Wireless Music Bridge is scheduled to be available in Q2 2013 for $300 introductory US MSRP and $345 International MSRP from authorized Control4 dealers.
TuneIn and Control4
TuneIn provides Control4 customers direct access to more than 70,000 traditional and internet-only radio stations streaming from around the world, as well as millions of on-demand podcasts, concerts and interviews. TuneIn’s robust search capability helps people discover exactly what they’re looking for, whether it’s their favorite artist, song or radio personality locally or from across the globe. Control4’s integrated, intuitive and elegant user interface delivers station and show listings, filters available choices based on genre, location and language and guides consumers to new online media as well as to the content they already love. TuneIn is seamlessly integrated into Control4 audio zones so that everyone can listen to the same music, or every family member can enjoy their own personalized Favorites in different zones at the same time. TuneIn will be available on all Control4 systems running OS 2.4 starting on April 1, 2013.
With both the Control4 Wireless Music Bridge and new TuneIn offering, Control4 is making it easier than ever for its global consumers to access, share and enjoy a wealth of multimedia content through their Control4 systems. Overall, the solution itself is unique, supporting a breadth of devices and content while also allowing all of the content and devices to be accessed through any of the Control4 interfaces including a television — proving the true value behind Control4′s belief that “life’s better when everything works together”.