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Partnerships Abound at CEDIA 2016

In what will no doubt be the first of many announcements about Amazon Echo, Control4’s press event today hailed the connection between Amazon’s Alexa and the Control4 system.
A client is able to trigger scene changes in the lighting, turn off the TV, or control just about anything that the Control4 system touches. It also does so without the contractor needing to “roll a truck.” This means the dealer is not involved. The client buys the Echo, adds the Control4 skill, and then connects to their Control4 portal.
First, very cool that another control company is talking with Amazon Echo. It will be interesting to watch this relationship develop. Control4’s CEO made great pains to emphasize they have no plan to get out of the dealer channel. “Double down” was used more than once during the hour long presentation.
Control4 also announced Bakpak for free if you buy a Pakedge NK-1 as well as showing off their latest OS.
Origin Acoustics, which launched just two CEDIA’s ago, announced a partnership of their own. With Bang and Olufsen. OA will develop speakers for B&O and they will be available in their high-end stores as well as select Origin Acoustics dealers. More details of this deal will be made at a press conference on Friday.
Those were the big stories from today’s CEDIA 2016 press day. Thursday we hit the show floor at 9 am. Check back on our CEDIA 2016 coverage page for articles and booth tour videos.

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