Habitech outs Flow7 Android in-wall touchscreen

posted on Tuesday, 14th July 2015 by Steve May

Touchscreens  Home automation  Habitech 

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Habitech has announced Flow7, a 7-inch in-wall Android powered touchscreen that runs from a single PoE network connection. The panel, which boasts a premium aluminium finish, runs Android Lollipop 5.1 and offers control apps for a host of popular Smart home technologies, including NuVo, Nest, Hive, Sonos and Hyperweather with Netatmo. “It also displays security applications on the full screen rather than the usual postage stamp-sized view,” says the distributor.

The panel uses familiar gesture-based control to navigate. A single swipe from the bottom of the screen brings traffic, weather and news updates, for example. The Flow7 panel can be horizontally or vertically mounted, and can be retrofitted to single UK wall boxes.

Using an Android-based panel offers integrators enormous versatility says the distributor. “Rather than impose a proprietary control hierarchy, Flow7 allows you to choose and deploy the native Android control apps developed by the control system makers themselves,” says Habitech Technical manager Justin Martin-Lawrence. “Flow7 enables a great touch screen when you want to use your control system for Control4 or RTi, but where it wins versus, say, a C4 panel is that it doesn’t tie you in. Use the C4 app in the C4 world, and use RTi, Crestron, Enado, Demo Pad, AMX, URC, NuVo, Nest, Hive, Vantage apps in theirs - as well as Sonos, Facebook, traffic reports on Google, Twitter, BBC weather. The list is endless.”

For more on Habitech’s product range and services, visit our partner page here.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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