Universal Electronics Launches Control Plus Technology
Jan 11, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
Universal Electronics (UEI) announced availability of its UEI Control Plus platform, a technology that enables a home entertainment setup and control experience across AV devices.
According to a release, UEI Control Plus combines traditional infrared control technology with control protocols across Internet Protocol (IP) and HDMI with Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) to give users control of their AV equipment.
UEI said CEC technology works over HDMI to enable control of devices using a single remote. However, this feature often requires that all of the devices in the AV stack system are of the same brand, are HDMI connected, and each device has CEC enabled. Since CEC is not uniformly implemented across brands and devices, this leads to inter-brand compatibility issues.
UEI Control Plus technology has been developed to facilitate simplified control across these different implementations. UEI Control Plus uses CEC when available to automatically sense device type, model, and brand of all devices in the AV stack to enable simplified setup of universal control. Where CEC has missing information, UEI leverages its IR and IP device control database with over 100 metadata tags to find and send the correct control code for the device. During operation, UEI Control Plus technology delivers true one-touch viewing functionality. With a single press of a button, Control Plus software can power up devices, switch to the active input, set audio sources if connected and start content playback to get the user to their favorite show or movie instantly. The UEI Control Plus technology also enables smart device control of all devices in the AV stack via Wi-Fi. Smartphones, tablets, and smart controllers can be used to enable app based setup and control of the entertainment experience.
UEI Control Plus features two implementations:
-For a source device such as a set-top box, DVD player or over-the-top (OTT) box.OEMs can add a HOME key to the remote control so that with a single button press, the user immediately switches their home theater system to the OEM's content or service.
-For AV Receiver and Television manufacturers.UEI Control Plus can be implemented as one-button activity switching to allow any user to move seamlessly between watching a recorded TV show, playing a movie on their Blu-ray player, playing games on their game console, or just relaxing and listening to music on their digital media player. All this happens seamlessly with no complicated setup or macro programming required.
"UEI Control Plus has been over a year in development, and as industry leader, we are excited to be able to bring this level of simplicity to universal control. Our vision has always been to bring automated device control setup and friendly control to a mass consumer product. With UEI Control Plus, we believe that we have created a very compelling product offering for our OEM partners that allows them to focus on delivering great audio and video content without worrying about common universal control consumer challenges," said Paul Arling, chairman and chief executive officer of UEI. "We look forward to demonstrating our solution to customers and working closely with them to integrate UEI Control Plus into their products and services."
Universal Electronics (UEI) is a company focusing on wireless control technology for the connected home.
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