ISE will see the first major public showing of VidaBox’s newly-announced LiivController, a rackmount or standalone system that runs the new vAutomation 2.0 control platform. Any iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch can access the LiivController units running vAutomation 2.0 via wi-fi, turning the devices into touch screen interfaces for control over any and all components — from cable boxes and displays to receivers —via IR, TCP/IP, and RS-232 commands sent from LiivController. LiivController is available in an entry-level version (LC-200) featuring four-zone multiroom audio and a premium version (LC-500) with 12-zone multiroom audio.
“The Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod are the hottest products on the market right now, and consumers are eager to incorporate them into their home systems for a sophisticated control and media browsing experience,” said Steven Cheung, president of VidaBox LLC. “LiivController provides installers with an easy-to-programme and cost-effective solution for meeting this demand and provides consumers with the integration they crave. Furthermore, the LiivController is not limited to video distribution and control. It has powerful multizone audio distribution capabilities, taking advantage of virtually any audio source — from stored collections to iPods and Internet radio — and streaming it wherever and whenever desired.”
Beyond controlling devices, the vAutomation 2.0 interface can be used to control any VidaBox media centre, giving users complete access to Blu-ray discs, DVDs, Netflix, and more, and allowing them to browse through their media in the cover-flow style that is familiar to Apple users. Tapping on any cover art will bring up detailed metadata and allow playback to start.
The LC-200 and LC-500 control four and 12 zones, respectively, of synchronized multiroom audio without the need for additional matrix switchers, and they provide integration with Internet radio services such as RadioTime and other on-demand platforms without the need for any additional hardware. The units support a variety of devices with two-way feedback, such as an added iPort FS-22/IW-22 docking station for iPod playback. Audio can be streamed from stored music collections in any location across the network.
The VidaBox LC-200 and LC-500 will be available in Q2 2011.