Elegant Single-Gang Touch Keypad Sets Stage For A Revolution In Simple, User-Friendly Control Experiences
OREM, UT, August 23, 2012 - Vantage, the leader in home lighting, audio and home theater control systems, announces the impending release of Equinox 4, the first in an expanding line of easy-to-use in-wall LCD Keypads that epitomize the ultimate luxury space User Experience.
Equinox 4 (SRP: $500) is a single-gang LCD keypad that combines the advantages of a full-sized touchscreen and the simplicity of a multi-gang keypad with the drawbacks of neither, presenting users with a beautiful, minimalist on-wall presence, and a single layer user interface that provides quick and intuitive control of lighting scenarios, interior climate, and audio systems like no product before it. Equinox 4 also gives users and integrators their first taste of Vantage's new User Experience Platform, a bold, overarching initiative that will result in a unified signature physical and graphical aesthetic that remains consistent across all control devices in a Vantage system.
Equinox 4 is designed to be the simplest, most straightforward path to accessing lighting control, comfort, and local zone audio. Given its "always on" design, the keypad senses presence, and wakes up with a simple gesture; it's as reliable and intuitive as a light switch, but with much added functionality. And, with two tactile buttons, it's incredibly flexible and easy to update as the user's needs and preferences change. Its Vantage station bus connection also means that full compatibility with the existing InFusion station bus-based systems, as well as Vantage's new Enhanced InFusion Lighting Solution
"We can't wait for our end-users to enjoy their first experience with Equinox 4," said Andrew Wale, Vantage Controls' Vice President of Marketing. "In addition to delivering the sophistication of a larger touchscreen without the larger real estate investment, and with a level of precise control unachievable with mobile devices, it represents the future of our design philosophy: ultimate simplicity, ultimate consistency, and an end to the clutter and confusion that have defined home automation to this point."
The Experience is Everything
Equinox7-UXWhile Equinox 4 marks the introduction of the Vantage User Experience Platform, it's really just the beginning. The introduction of additional Equinox interfaces-the Equinox 7-UX (pictured left), a larger in-wall touchscreen by the end of 2012, and the Equinox 4-UX in Q2 2013-as well as iOS and Android apps, will allow integrators to design more advanced UIs that go beyond the single-layer experience of Equinox 4, while maintaining the same simplicity, intuitiveness, and consistent look and feel across all platforms.
Vantage Controls' Energy Widget for the Equinox platform, for example, will allow users to dig deep into energy usage around the home, monitoring electrical, gas, and water usage in either textual or graphical form, all while navigating only one additional layer, and with the same swipe, press, drag, and press-and-hold gestures that are entirely intuitive to anyone who has ever used a smart phone or tablet.
In addition to the obvious ease-of-use benefits for end-users, the Vantage User Experience Platform will also provide dealers with a vastly simplified programming and integration experience, greatly reducing the time, expense, and headaches of designing complex control solutions.
Equinox 4 will be available in November with a domestic SRP of $500. Additional Equinox models will be formally announced in Q4 '12.
Headquartered in Orem, Utah, Vantage is a leading manufacturer of intelligent control systems for luxury residential applications. With over 20 years experience, Vantage excels at employing the latest technologies in its products to create fully integrated home automation solutions. Vantage has been part of the Legrand group since its acquisition in 2006. Legrand, located in Limoges, France, is the world specialist in products and systems for electrical installations and information networks. For more information, visit the Vantage web site at http://www.vantagecontrols.com. Media inquiries should be directed to Adam Sohmer; Sohmer Associates, LLC; firstname.lastname@example.org.