Taking Crestron control to another level, Liverpool-based integrator Ultamation has developed an award-winning concept for an innovative user interface, designed for use within a Crestron powered intelligent home. The Crestron Through the Looking Glass augmented touch screen app has the potential to be integrated within residential, commercial and assisted living applications, to give users an alternative way of interacting with their Crestron controlled home or workspace. Providing a mechanism by which visual features around the home, such as a painting or a display, can be recognised through the camera on a device; these are then identified by the Crestron processor to display a floating menu of familiar Crestron control options over the live camera image.
The demonstration app uses the simple floating menu which tracks the features as the user moves the camera and provides interaction with the feature in Crestron Through the Looking Glass. For example, when hovering over the TV, the screen will display control options over the top of the image such as source selected and recently watched content. In addition, the window could offer shade control, and the door might provide information about the current meeting room status. Indeed, the simplicity and intelligence of the app earned Ultamation a Crestron Integration Award 2018 for ‘Most Unique Application’.
Oliver Hall, founder of Ultamation, comments: “Ultamation are always looking to push the envelope for Crestron control systems interaction and, up until now, we’ve remained within the possibilities of the technology available. This year, we decided to take the next step and push beyond the boundary of what is currently achievable and augment the traditional touch screen experience. Following Crestron’s lead in driving innovation rather than safely following the crowd, we have developed a proof-of-concept for an alternative way for users to interact with their Crestron powered intelligent home or workspace. Our solution opens the door to some exciting possibilities covering assisted living, aesthetics and usability and could offer unique opportunities available only to Crestron solution providers.”
The app combines the power of visual feature recognition with the speech-to-text service, available in many Crestron user interface products, including the TSR and TSW ranges. With ease of configuration and no complex requirements or calibrations, image recognition is extremely adaptable for the user. Features are identified through images taken with the device’s camera, from multiple angles, to provide a high degree of feature recognition stability. This easy set-up is an essential consideration to allow for changes in environment, and the image recognition is highly adaptable to variations between the captured image and the current scene – such as allowing for people to be in the image.
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