The iPad is a Crestron touchpanel
When Apple introduced the new iPad, I wrote it would make a cheap touchpanel. Today, I received the following announcement from Crestron:
The hot new Apple iPad is a full 2-way Crestron touchpanel – available the same day it ships from Apple. Immediately take advantage of the free Crestron Mobile app (currently available from iTunes) to transform your iPad into a complete home automation touchpanel, or use the Crestron Mobile Pro app to turn the iPad into a entirely customized user interface while enjoying the sleek, stylish Apple look, right from day one.
Use existing Crestron software tools to create GUI designs and seamlessly integrate with any Crestron control system, including Prodigy. Use the vast library of free Crestron graphics or produce custom images desired. Browse, select and play songs and movies; control lights and adjust temperature, all from the iPad.
The iPad connects to the Crestron controller via WiFi or 3G network the same way the iPhone or iPod touch does today. Simply add complete Crestron control to any room in the home, or take advantage of the 3G iPad for control anywhere, whether in the car, on vacation or at the office.
Crestron is committed to offering great solutions for integrating Apple products into the home. Create touchpanel interfaces with XPanel for Mac to take full Crestron control from any iMac or MacBook. Convert your iPod into a Crestron controlled media server using the Crestron Interface for Apple iPod (CEN-IDOCV), Crestron iServer (CEN-ISERVER) or the Prodigy Interface for Apple iPod (P-IDOCV). Crestron Mobile lets you use the iPad, as well as iPhone and iPod touch, to take complete control of any system, anywhere.
Check out the complete Crestron line for Integration with Apple Products at www.crestron.com/apple.