iPad has become the favorite device for automation control, and for good reason: iPad Apps provide a feature-rich, customized and intuitive interface for the user. But even an iPad app can sometimes be cumbersome to operate an automation system because of the need to “wake up” the iPad, navigate to the desired control App and find the control.
Hard buttons, on the other hand, provide immediate access to key controls. Hard buttons typically exist on the wall and in most cases are not at your fingertips. Our goal was simple: to create programmable, hard buttons that function independent of iPad. We believe this provides the best of both worlds: immediate access to key controls along with the richness of Apps; any app you want, at any time.
Say hello to LaunchPort with Buttons, the world’s first programmable, independently functioning buttons on an iPad case. With Buttons, LaunchPort becomes a vital necessity in an automation control system.
By utilizing the power of Lutron’s® Industry proven Clear Connect® wireless technology, LaunchPort Sleeve Buttons communicate independently to any Lutron RadioRA® 2, HomeWorks® QS or Caséta™ router, repeater or bridge. Once paired with the Lutron® network device, Sleeve Buttons can control a variety of Lutron® systems. They can even control whole home automation systems like Savant, Crestron, Control 4, RTI and even Do-It-Yourself systems like Roomie and Nest. The power is in your hands.
The LaunchPort with Buttons system consists of 3 parts: a Station, a Sleeve and Sleeve Buttons. Sleeve Buttons replace the standard top that ships with a Sleeve, adding buttons to the Sleeve. Sleeve Buttons models exist to match LaunchPort Sleeve models and colors.
LaunchPort Sleeve Buttons attach onto a Sleeve, replacing the standard sleeve-top.
Control System Components and Compatibility
Sleeve Buttons communicate via Lutron's Clear Connect one way 434MHz (or 868MHz if in UK / EU) protocol to a variety of Lutron network bridges and repeaters. The Lutron network bridge converts clear connect button-press commands onto an IP network. Using Lutron drivers, Sleeve Buttons can be monitored by the control processor of the control system of your choice. In most cases, the Lutron Caséta Smart Bridge Pro is the only network bridge required to allow Sleeve Buttons to communicate with your control system.
To see the full and updated list of control system compatibility with Lutron's Smart Bridge Pro.
Sleeve Buttons are set up as a "phantom keypad" in the control system, button presses are monitored and programmed to enact macros or commands in the control system. The extent of LaunchPort Sleeve Buttons functionality is dependent on the capabilities of the control system you are using. Note: Some control systems may not provide functionality outside of lighting and shade control, depending on how the Lutron Driver is written.
Visit our support section to read App Notes for specific Control Systems as well as the Lutron Integration Guide.
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Buttons + Glass: The Best of Both Worlds
By bringing together Apps and hard buttons, you get the best of both worlds in the palm of your hand: the richness of Apps and the convenience of hard buttons.
Buttons Function Independent of iPad
Sleeve Buttons communicate independent of your iPad, allowing you to use iPad for anything you'd like while still have control of your environment.
Integrate with Many Control Systems
Because of Lutron's Clear Connect platform, Sleeve Buttons can communicate with a variety of control system and devices including Crestron, Savant, Control 4, RTI, Roomie Remote, and more.