Crestron Experience Centre

Ultamation were asked by Crestron UK to provide user interface and programming services for their brand new Experience Centre in Leeds, England. It's a great honour for Ultamation, especially given the high calibre of CAIPs and CAPs in the UK. 

Ultamation were asked by Crestron UK to provide user interface and programming services for their brand new Experience Centre in Leeds, England. It's a great honour for Ultamation, especially given the high calibre of CAIPs and CAPs in the UK. 

The open-day was held on the 1st March 2012 and dealers, interior designers, developers and select clients from around the country were invited to visit the new office and play with some of Crestron's newest products.

In collaboration with Lucid Programming, we provided a complete programming solution for control of traditional lighting, colour changing DMX controlled LED effects, multi-zone audio, multi-zone video - via Crestron's flagship Digital Media solution, boardroom facilities - such as annotation over video, shade control and energy monitoring.  The Experience Centre is open to the public (by appointment with Crestron UK) and provides new and existing clients with a chance to see why Crestron products lead the way in lighting, control and audio/video distribution.

The open-day itself was a great success and it was a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and clients and meet some new ones.  The was a lot of interest in some of the user-interface elements we were demonstrating on the main showroom touch panel, some of which appear in the image above.

Ultamation have developed modules that allow the user-experience to break away from the normal linear volume control slider, by translating the 2D finger position into true rotational information.  This is no mean feat using Crestron's current programming environemt which, for the technically minded, doesn't provide any trigonometric or floating point mathematical capability.  For the REALLY technically minded, this is accomplished using the CORDIC arctan and Newton-Raphson algorithms.

In addition to an intuitive volume control, we also provided a colour wheel, allowing the user to set the colour of the LED feature lights by simply touching the wheel at the desired colour, and adjusting the desired brightness with a slider - which, unless you're a master of additive colour theory, is far easier than playing with a set of Red, Green and Blue sliders!

Given what Ultamation have been able to do with Crestron's legacy touch panel and processor technology, the future looks very bright for what we'll be able to produce once Series-3 and Core 3 UI has reached maturity.