“Since Apple unveiled its iPad, custom electronics professionals have had questions, especially to what could be a potentially major application of the new device,” Tom LeBlanc reports for Electronic Home.
“‘When we look back on this two years from now, we’re going to say this was a watershed event, not just for Savant but for the industry in general,’ says Savant president Jim Carroll. He says consumers will see the iPad as having ‘the same or similar touch hardware’ to other control offerings,” LeBlanc reports. “‘This is a fundamentally different business model that we all have to adapt to,’ Carroll says. ‘I think Savant is in position No. 1 in terms of how we can apply it, how we can use it and how it fits into our total solution relative to the legacy guys.'”
“Carroll predicts the iPad, which will range between $499 and $829, will become the relatively inexpensive hardware platform for home control software,” LeBlanc reports. “Apple CEO Steve Jobs said most existing iPhone apps work with the iPad. Carroll confirms that Savant’s Rosie home control app works on the iPad.”
LeBlanc reports, “Savant, however, will soon launch a new app certified specifically for the iPad. ‘We can’t give a lot of specifics,’ Carroll says. ‘We’re going to do some pretty cool things and take advantage of the additional real estate.'”
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