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RTIs Waterproof Controller Adds New Depth to Home Entertainment Control

CHANHASSEN, MN — September 24, 2004 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI), the pioneer of home entertainment control technology, introduced a rugged new solution to controlling audio & video systems anywhere in the home. The new U1 Waterproof Controller is designed for reliable wireless control of audio/video systems from environments that are too harsh for normal remote controls. It is completely sealed, making it both waterproof and floating. Whether indoors or out, the U1 is the perfect control companion for homeowners who like to enjoy movies, music, and more from hot tubs, showers, pools, and decks. The U1 controller will be available to custom installers 1st quarter of 2005 (MSRP: $299.00) through the AVAD distribution network (

“The U1 Waterproof Remote is a unique control solution that lets creative custom installers provide their customers the entertainment they want anywhere in or outside of the home,” said Pete Baker, director of sales and marketing for RTI. “Now homeowners can access video, distributed audio systems, custom lighting, and more in places normal remote controls could never go. The U1 performs perfectly even after complete submersion in water and simplifies users’ entertainment experience by easily integrating the function of their other remotes. It adds a new dimension of freedom to designing an outstanding home entertainment system.”

The U1 is designed to be used as an RF remote control with RTI central processors, making it more than just another remote control–it’s an expandable control system. When used with the available RTI accessory devices, the U1 is capable of power sensing for intelligent control, and RS-232 communications for advanced control. Its comfortable, ergonomic design allows effortless, one-handed operation while featuring just the right selection of buttons for stress-free audio/video system control. It features 4 source and 8 general purpose buttons, which are fully programmable and macro-assignable. The U1 comes ready for basic operation, but its 16-KB memory is easily programmed using RTI’s Windows-based TheaterTouch Designer software, the most rock-solid programming interface available. It lets installers use any PC to create, store, and drag and drop macros, IR codes, and bitmaps for reliable results every time. This makes the U1 completely customizable and upgradeable any time, and its non-volatile Flash memory maintains programming even if power is lost.

U1 Technical Specifications:

Power:4 AAA alkaline batteries
Radio Frequency Control Range:Up to 100 feet
Radio Frequency Carrier:433 MHz
Operating Temperature:+32°F to +122°F
Operating Humidity:5% to 100%
Standby time with New Batteries:1000 days
Total System Memory:16 KB (non-volatile) Flash memory
Device Capability:Four device pages (sources)
Macro Capability:Macro capability on every button
Dimensions:5.9″L x 2.3″W x 1.2″H
Enclosure:High-impact molded ABS with textured finish
Weight:5.5 oz
Warranty: One year (parts & labor)

*All specifications subject to change without notice

About RTI

Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) is a technology-driven company headquartered in Chanhassen, Minnesota that specializes in developing and marketing innovative home theater control products. Founded in 1992 with a focus on the custom home installation market, RTI has become the leader in creating wireless control solutions that solve the foremost challenges facing electronic systems installers.

RTI’s guiding passion is centered about making any size home theater or other electronic system simple and pleasant to use. The company’s design philosophy emphasizes an intuitive and enjoyable experience of its award-winning products, from its universal system controllers, to signal storage and processing devices, and PC programming software.

For additional information on RTI and its many innovative products please visit

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