With the launch of their new TouchLink line of touch panels at InfoComm, Extron is truly a full-fledged control system company. TouchLink is being promoted as the first fully configuration-based touch panel control system with the power to handle the control needs of single classrooms rooms, dual-display rooms, divisible meeting rooms, multi-image systems, and even video conference suites. TouchLink Control Systems can be deployed much faster than traditional programmable control systems and are easier and less costly to support. The new TouchLink products include three touch panel models, an Ethernet control processor, and Extron GUI Configurator Software. TouchLink Control Systems integrate seamlessly with the award-winning Extron GlobalViewer Enterprise software and Free GlobalViewer Web application for complete A/V resource monitoring, management, and control over a computer network.
The TouchLink touch panels come in three sizes and form-factors. The TLP 700MV is designed for mounting into a lectern or wall and features a 7″ touch screen, ten field-labelable backlit buttons, and a large volume control knob. The TLP 700TV is designed for tabletop use or VESA mounting and features a 7″ touch screen, ten field-labelable backlit buttons, and a large volume control knob. The TLP 350CV is a Cable Cubby version that features a 3.5″ touch screen, ten customizable backlit external buttons, interior LED lighting, and convenient cable connectivity, using Extron’s wide array of AAP – ArchitecturalAdapter Plates. Also being introduced is the IPL 250 Ethernet control processor, designed specifically to provide the A/V device connectivity for TouchLink panels.
Check them all out here.
Or, take a look at this video rAVe shot at InfoComm of Extron’s president introducing them himself.
And, here’s an inside look at TouchLink via video.
While real end users (and technology managers alike) seem to gravitate to “basic” (like on/off, source select, volume control) button panels, they also generally recognize that feature rich AV installs benefit from touch panels. This product line seems to have elements of both.