I just read the following interesting info from Tom's blog athttp://www2.worthingtondistribution.com/blog/
The HTX2 experience is targeted to the iPad/iPhone user. While the Automation Studio features will still work, we expect the main interest with the HTX2 will be the integration with the forthcoming HAI iPad app along with an update to the iPhone app. These new software applications feature a new room architecture that allows the installer to assign system hardware to rooms. The user will be able to choose a room and then control only the hardware appropriate to that room. In addition, a new button will be available that will launch to HTX2 rendered customer interfaces. Typically, this will be control of A/V interfaces; however, in reality, these pages could control any device connected to the HTX2! I start to think about that level of integration and things start getting real exciting in a hurry. As well, the HTX2 page design will be done in a free HAI utility. This will make A/V programming and interface development a streamlined process with a number of benefits that makes building interfaces easier.
If the HTX2 sounds a great deal like a Bitwise BC4, it should. It is not a big secret that HAI's HTX was a modified version of the Bitware BC4 before the Pro version was released with iPhone/iPad integration. The HTX2 is based on the current Pro version of the BC4 and has all of the features that have made Bitwise one of the fastest growing companies in our industry. So why not just buy a BC4? The answer is the HAI iPhone/iPad App integration. Since the release of the HAI iPhone App we have been receiving requests from dealers to integrate with Bitwise. The HTX2 hardware and custom HAI software will contain custom code that will allow integration directly with the HAI iPhone and iPad Apps. This will greatly simplify installation and make full home control easier.
So what about the Bitwise TC4? In many ways, nothing changes. The BC4 remains an excellent theater controller. In addition, nothing prevents Bitwise from writing a driver to control HAI. The big difference between the BC4 and the new HTX2 is that the HTX2 will have all of the capabilities of the BC4 AND integration with the HAI iPhone/iPad Apps.
As I look at the HAI strategy and the current product landscape, the HTX2 makes a ton of sense. Without question, the iPad/iPhone are the hardware of choice for the consumer. This new product provides dealers a plug-and-play solution for control of the home, theater and IP camera viewing when home and away.