There have been tons of apps and accessories produced for the iPad in
just a few short months, many of which are truly ground-breaking. But
few have added on functionality quite like this new Crestron iPanel.
It's the just snap-on panel designed specifically for use with the iPad.
Crestron is a well-known name in home automation, but usually they
prefer to sell users Crestron controllers to control Crestron devices.
The iPanel breaks away from that by letting consumers use the iPad they
already own, but with a little bit of Crestron help.
The device is set to debut officially soon at CEDIA, where it will snap
onto the iPad
and connect via the Dock Connector. Then, it will use
Wi-Fi to transmit button presses to your other Crestron equipment. Note
that this isn't a screen overlay; users will still have total control
over the iPad's touchscreen, so you really are adding extra
functionality (although adding a bit of bulk around the edges). Final
details have yet to be ironed out, but it's clear that this iPanel could
be a real home entertainer's dream when used in combination with their
favorite home controlling apps. It just might be the ultimate remote
control. Agree? Disagree? Too bad we don't know a price point, but we
hear the company is aiming for under $500. Steep, but not too steep when
you consider the price range of other Crestron controllers.