Colorado vNet, provider of premium whole-house automation and audio solutions, has been announced as an Honoree of the 2006 Innovations Design and Engineering Awards.
Honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer electronics, the Innovation Awards are presented annually and showcased at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the largest trade show in America.
The prestigious award was presented specifically for Colorado vNet's revolutionary Touchpad which re -defines the nature of home automation input controls. Using capacitive technology Colorado vNet has created a touch -sensitive fully -electronic input control device that replaces traditional switches, dimmers and keypads.
"To date, traditional home automation control systems have not incorporated the level of style necessary to blend with high -end homes," says Bill Beierwaltes, CEO of Colorado vNet. "We felt we could improve significantly on the human interface while retaining an elegant behind -the -scenes solution. Now we've managed to combine supremely good looks and ergonomics with a superior system architecture."
One of the key benefits of the Touchpad to the home integrator is that it is configurable in multiple templates to enable anything from one to eight control buttons in a single SKU, thus eliminating the need to carry large amounts of inventory.
Colorado vNet has also done away with the laborious engraving process that most keypads use to specify button legends, enabling the integrator to print custom labels and backgrounds to fit the needs of the homeowner in just seconds.
"We wanted to create a control interface that was as attractive to the integrator as it was to the homeowner," continues Beierwaltes. "It had to do things no other keypad could do, as well as be simple to install and of course, simple to use. We believe that this important award justifies the hard work our team has put in over the last three years and is a testament to our commitment to delivering innovative world -class products."
The Colorado vNet Touchpad TP1 -1D will be featured at the Innovations 2006 Design and Engineering Showcase, Booth #72444 at Innovations Plus in the Sands Expo and Convention Center from Wednesday, January 4 until Friday, January 6, 2006.
The Colorado vNet home automation system, featuring the award -winning Touchpad TP1 -1D, is now shipping.