CEDIA 2006: Crestron TPMC-8X, TPMC-4X Touchpanel Media Centers

Crestron's booth was jam-packed with enough home-automation crap to shake a stick at (whatever the hell that means), but there were a couple little gadgets that stood out. These are the Isys i/O WiFi Touchpanel (left) and the Isys i/O Handheld WiFi TouchPanel (right). You need to understand that these aren't remotes that you can just stroll into Best Buy and purchase; they have to be used alongside Crestron's home automation systems that are dealer-installed. With that in mind, check out their semi-awesome remotes, after the jump.

The TPMC-8X Isys i/O WiFi Touchpanel is the higher end of the two remotes. This large, tablet-esque touchpanel remote has an 8.4-inch display. It operates on an 802.11 a/b/g proprietary WiFi network. This giant remote also has embedded Windows XP and can do web browsing, Skype, and more. The remote itself will set you back $3.800 on top of the cost of having a Crestron home automation system.

The TPMC-4X is a handheld version of the 8X mentioned above. It isn't quite as complex and fits in the hand a little bit easier, but it is still pretty bulky. It operates on an 802.11b WiFI network and has a 3.5-inch touchscreen. It is a bit cheaper (but not much) at $2,000 and will be shipping in a couple of weeks.