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Trimmed-down electronics and iPod compatibility were the main themes at the Custom Electronics Design & Installation Association trade show in Indianapolis last September. An abundance of flat-screen TVs and slim speaker solutions responded to an increasing appetite for low-profile electronics, while audio companies scrambled to build iPod functionality into multiroom music products. Here are a few highlights. Rebecca Day

▼ MP3 wall docking station

With iPort's IW-4 iPod dock, now the iPod can become an additional music source to a distributed audio system. The iPort dock mounts in the wall, where it wires into a whole-house audio system and electrical power. An infrared sensor at the bottom of the port accepts commands from an iPod remote control across the room or from a radio-frequency-controlled, touch-screen remote located elsewhere in the house. Alternatively, users can control the iPod from the port, which doubles as a battery charger. iPort, San Clemente, Calif. www.iportmusic.com circle 200

▼ One touchy keypad

Colorado vNet replaces keypad buttons with a programmable touch-sensitive plastic surface that responds to various types of button taps. The configurable keypads replace the need for multiple keypad SKUs, and installers can modify the behavior of the touch pad to respond to the duration of touch. A single tap could mimic flipping a light switch or setting a lighting scene, while a longer touch could increase the intensity of lighting. A backlight reacts to ambient lighting to create an appropriate setting for the light level in a room. LEDs and audible tones provide feedback that commands have been implemented. Colorado vNet, Loveland, Colo. www.coloradovnet.com

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