Sony and Control4's features (pictures)
By adding Control4 brains to its new ES receivers, Sony brings home automation to a wider audience.
|The main Control4 interface, showing all the areas you can control given the right equipment. At the demo at CEDIA, they controlled shades, lighting, AV, and an electronic lock via a regular-looking Sony remote (albeit with specific Control4 buttons). There's also tablet apps.|
|The basic interface's modes.|
|One of the subscreens, showing the electronic locking. You can have locks unlock or lock at specific times. The system can text or e-mail you when someone unlocks a door, or if someone doesn't unlock the door by a certain time.|
|The basic user interface for the 2800 and 5800. If you don't opt for the $300 license fee, you get this interface. You can still control you AV gear and some lighting.|
|The Control4/Sony remote. A more basic version ships with the receiver. There are also smartphone and tablet apps, which look pretty slick.|
|The back panels of the 2800 and 5800 receivers.|