Custom Installers Share Their Favorite ProductsDespite innovations in energy management, Apple-based control and video-on-demand, dealers bestow CHIPs awards on things that make their jobs a little easier.
The CE Pro High-Impact Product awards (CHIPs) this year might be considered by some to be a little bit mind-boggling.
Dealers praised touchscreens and universal controls from AMX, Crestron and URC. Did these products really deliver earth-shattering innovations? Or, were they merely improvements or extensions of earlier models?
Indeed, some of the biggest praise was heaped not on great new control systems, but on little things that make integrators' jobs easier: an HDMI Cat 5 extender, an antenna, a surge protector/UPS, tool-less connectors and a one-cable solution for multiple satellite tuners.INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR: Savant Systems Rosie | Home Entertainment & Automation System
After years of generating serious buzz with its Mac OSX-based A/V and automation system, Savant Systems is now shipping its Rosie product linemuch to the delight of dealers.
Savant is the first company to think outside the box and use a completely different architecture and approach, says Jason Gotz, owner of Genesis Home Technologies, Beaverton, Ore. Apple is an open architecture-based system that allows Savant to take advantage of the built-in tools and strengths and build upon them.
In July of this year, Savant launched its Open Developer Alliance program, which allows Mac OS X developers to create applets that can be accessed through Savant's RacePoint Blueprint programming environment.Click here to continue.