Crestron iPanel Converts iPad Into Ultimate Home Remote Control

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.