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ThinkFlood Adds Control via Internet Protocol to RedEye LineRedEye Becomes First Consumer-Grade Product to Seamlessly Integrate Traditional Infrared With Next Generation Networked Control (February 24, 2012)
WALTHAM, MA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/24/12 -- ThinkFlood, maker of award-winning RedEye universal remote control systems, today announced that it is adding Internet Protocol (IP) control to its list of interface options on both the RedEye and RedEye Pro products. IP control comes by way of a free software update to existing and new RedEye customers.
The vast majority of universal remote control solutions operate using infrared signals, a technology first adopted commercially in the 1970s. Infrared is inexpensive and common to most home entertainment appliances, so it is a natural choice for universal control. But infrared control is typically unidirectional and lacks the ability to transmit anything more than a few dozen commands by simple button press. Installation professionals in commercial and high-end residential markets have long relied upon other technologies, such as RS-232/RS-485 serial, specialty sensors, and relays to provide a higher level of integration and reliability. Until now, the cost of programming and maintaining such solutions has put them out of reach of average residential consumers.
"The last decade has brought a lot of changes to our electronics -- smart TVs, connected Blu-Ray players, ubiquitous home networks -- but our control technology has not kept pace," remarked Matt Eagar, President and co-founder at ThinkFlood. "Sure, you can find a number of smartphone apps designed for networked control of specific devices such as TiVo or a particular brand of A/V receiver, but there has not been a single-app, 'universal' solution until now."
ThinkFlood's updated RedEye software allows consumers to download and install IP commands to their RedEye systems in the same way that they have added infrared commands in the past -- writing software programs is not required. For installation professionals and more adventurous consumers, ThinkFlood also offers an array of scripting tools that allow them to customize the system or even write their own IP "drivers" for devices not currently in ThinkFlood's database.
"In developing IP control we built on the foundation we laid with RS-232 on RedEye Pro last year," explained Craig Materick, ThinkFlood's Chief Software Architect. "We do not require our customers to be programmers to use the system, but if you want to get under the hood, all the tools are there. If you want basic control of a UPnP device, we can give that to you without any fuss. And with two way communication over IP, we can even help you tackle more advanced features, such as displaying album art or current track name, without any practical physical limitation on the number of devices you can connect."
ThinkFlood develops and markets next-generation remote control systems. Its award-winning RedEye platform for smartphones, tablets, and PCs offers multi-platform, multi-user control designed specifically for today's networked lifestyle. ThinkFlood is a privately held company headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. For more information, please visit http://thinkflood.com/.
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