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Crestron Rolls Out HD Touch Panel

Crestron announced it is now shipping the V-Panel, the company's only full 1080p HD touch panel that can function as both a control interface and a flat-panel HD display.

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Crestron announced it is now shipping the V-Panel, the company's only full 1080p HD touch panel that can function as both a control interface and a flat-panel HD display.

VESA mount installation and desktop/tilt and flush wall-mount options allow the V-Panel to be positioned almost anywhere. According to the company, V-Panel can integrate VoIP communications, embedded PC applications, USB-HID control, and onscreen annotation.

Crestron DigitalMedia connectivity permits protected, uncompressed HD signal to be displayed on the touch panel. The V-Panel's design separates the graphics engine hardware from the touch panel display, making the product trim, lightweight, and silent, said Vincent Bruno, Crestron director of marketing, in a statement.

At only 2 inches deep, the 12-inch (V12) and 15-inch (V15) panels are driven by the DGE-1 or DGE-2 digital graphics engines, so panels and engine can be chosen independently to best suite an application. According to the company, the DGE is typically installed at the central equipment location, which simplifies its connection to the head-end AV sources, switchers, and control network.

V-Panels feature gesture navigation, for viewing cover art and browsing media playlists or for tapping into applications, such as Internet Explorer, to access Web pages and e-mail. Native IP intercom can be used to talk panel-to-panel with someone in another room.

The USB port provides direct connection to a keyboard and mouse. Other connectivity options include one Composite or S-video input with which the DGE-1 drives a single-window, scalable display, while the DGE-2 provides two fully scalable video windows that support standard video, HDTV, high-resolution RGB/VGA, and protected HDMI/DVI and DisplayPort multimode. A built-in annotator allows users to draw over moving or paused video images.

The V12, V15, and DGE-1 are currently available. The DGE-2 is scheduled to be available soon.



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