Dealer feedback and careful consideration of every aspect of the device informs the next generation of Crestron's successful keypad
March 15, 2023 - The task seems deceptively simple: Take a successful keypad design that's been in the field for years, mix in dealer and client feedback, and update the item. The line of Crestron Horizon® keypads was just that — an elegant piece of hardware due for this next generation.
With a product like this, however, the variables involved can create more than a few complexities. Consider the item itself: A well-designed keypad has to be completely unobtrusive when it's not in use — and completely intuitive when it is. That requires careful attention to everything from the ergonomics of the device to its ultimate fit and finish, and that latter factor is especially important since it's carrying the Crestron name. It's the difference between a "light switch" and a "multi-function, luxury interface."
Benjamin Slivka, a Crestron group product manager for residential solutions, explains how the process played out: "It got to a point where for us to get this to the next level of quality that we wanted, we had to make more profound changes. It can't just be iterative things like making minor tweaks here and there. It required significant changes to the design of the product mechanically."
At the end of the process comes the next generation in the Horizon keypad line — again, not a tweaking of the original Horizon products, but a rethinking of the device. "This latest generation elevates our most popular keypad to the next level — with form, function, and design at the heart of everything we have been undertaking," says Crestron's Executive Vice President (Residential) John Clancy.
This version of the product features:
The initial ordering date for new Horizon keypads is March 1, and current "original version" orders can be converted to the updated version for the same price and keeping your place in the queue also starting March 1. Converted orders will ship as early as May 25, depending on your current spot in the Horizon queue.
New finishes and other features will be coming to market in the future, as will support for Decora® devices. "We'll have USB A+C and 20A outlets, too," says Slivka.
As John Clancy notes, the effort behind this next-gen iteration of a hardware offering speaks to a larger philosophy: the constant advancement and evolution of Crestron products based on client feedback. "We're always striving to make things better, from hardware to software," he says. "We're looking for ways to improve everything we make. Those progressions aren't always huge — sometimes they're a bit incremental — but our designers and engineers are always in contact with our dealers and end users, listening to their requests and evolving our products and platforms."
"After all, the continued evolution of our product lines is key to our growth."