ETC launches Tessera touchscreen controller14 December 2011
ETC’s versatile new lighting-control touchscreen – the Unison Mosaic Tessera Controller (MTPC) – is now shipping.
A sleek new addition to ETC’s Unison line of architectural control, Tessera combines a 4.3 inch (10.9cm) touchscreen with a 512-channel DMX over Ethernet Mosaic controller. Complex lighting shows as well as devices like moving lights, colour-mixing LEDs and dimmers can all be controlled by Tessera. It also handles impromptu show control, accessories, automation, waterworks and other non-lighting effects.
ETC named its new product after the ancient word for ’tile’. ETC’s architectural market manager Joe Bokelman explains: “A tessera is a tile in a mosaic but also an object of beauty and utility itself. Our Tessera is both a part of a greater sophisticated networked system and a standalone full controller, in a compact interface.
“Imagine colour-changing lights in a shopping centre or office block that can go through dynamic effects, seasonal looks or subtle lighting events – without requiring a massive control system that no one on site knows how to use. Tessera provides simple access, standalone touchscreen control, at your fingertips. Tessera is a complete controller, capable of mastering an entire installation – while also integrating with a larger Mosaic installation.”
Mosaic Designer software v1.9 is also now available for download from ETC’s website (see link below). This new version includes support for Tessera, with TouchEditor software for creating customised touchscreen designs.