New touch-panel technology showcased

CEDIA plays host to some touchscreen delights

The Opus WCU600 got its first UK showing at CEDIA The Crestron TPS 6X showed off its touchscreen tech at this week s CEDIA

Touchscreen as a technology seems to be integrating itself seamlessly into high-end home cinema products at the moment.

One of the stand-outs in this sector was launched at this week's CEDIA Expo. Made by Opus Technologies, the WCU600 touchscreen keypad is designed to seamlessly control both the Opus 500 system and a number of third party lighting and other smart home products. That's right, one-touch accessibility to things like your audio/video servers, iPod docks and even your lights.

As you can see from the image, the new menu system is made up of a high-resolution, high-contrast screen, with hand icons to decipher which bits of kit you are controlling.

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The Opus WCU600 keypad is on sale now for £490.

You've got the touch

Another touchscreen device that caught our eye was the Crestron TPS-6X. This slick-looking smart panel is a 6-inch touchscreen controller that can be used as a handheld device or mounted on its stand.

Like the Opus WCU600, the TPS-6X has the ability to show full-motion video on its screen, so if you want to use it to monitor a security camera, you can, or you can also use it to preview, say, a DVD.

Crestron claims that the TPS-6X provides functionality previously found in nine separate touchpanels, and can be used as a wireless, tilt-case and permanent panel.

The Crestron TPS-6X is out now. Consult your local AV dealer for prices.