Universal Electronics Selected as Newest Partner of inHaus Consortium Dedicated to Creating the Intelligent Home of the Future (8/2)
inHaus Technology Unites the Home, Automobile, Telephone and More
Centered at a facility in Duisburg, Germany, the inHaus project comprises both an experimental networked house and a shared research lab under the roof of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the second-largest applied research society in the world ( http://www.fraunhofer.de/ ). As part of the five-year project that began in 2001, 18 companies are creating and testing a network technology platform that eventually will allow homeowners to remotely control everything from their lighting, heating and security systems to their consumer electronics, media-PC-server and automobile.
"Our collective vision is to enable household components to work together efficiently for the benefit of end consumers, which will require a unified remote control device that can communicate with diverse technology platforms from an array of manufacturers," said Klaus Scherer, project manager for inHaus. "UEI's impressive record of delivering innovative, smartly designed, universally compatible controls makes the company an ideal partner to help inHaus advance the connected home concept."
UEI to Deliver the Control Point for the inHaus Home of the Future
Among the UEI innovations that appealed to inHaus representatives is Nevo(TM), an embedded technology that transforms any electronic display -- such as a handheld personal digital assistant, webpad or Smart Displays console -- into a sophisticated yet easy-to-use controller for a range of home entertainment and home automation devices.
"Simplifying and enhancing consumers' experience of technology has been UEI's central objective since it introduced the first preprogrammed remote control nearly two decades ago," said Rob Lilleness, president and chief operating officer of UEI. "We're honored and inspired by this opportunity to join with many other innovative companies in extending the limits of what a fully connected home can achieve for consumers."
Through its ongoing work with the inHaus consortium and products such as Nevo, UEI is enhancing its industry-leading database of infrared codes with two-way radio frequency technologies and other innovations for controlling the connected home.