This is the first IR Accessory offered for the 2G implementation of HDMI over IP applications. The IR MANAGER device has an IR memory and the ability to "learn" 32 commands for each Blaster port (128 IR commands total). The 4 IR Blaster ports can be addressed individually. For example, I can tell the box to send command a command out to IR Blaster 4, and the other 3 IR Blasters will remain "dark", until they are also addressed. The "learned" IR commands are stored in flash memory on the primary IC and will not be lost if there is a power outage. The IR Memory can be copied and pasted between IR managers - single commands or complete blocks.
Sports Bar - In a sports bar you could teach this device the key commands to control 4 different TV's (ON, OFF, MUTE, INPUT SELECT, etc,). The IR Blasters can be extended with standard 3.5mm stereo cables up to 200' or longer. Taking advantage of the 2G RS232 Automation Matrix this device would allow the user to send discrete IR control commands to each TV individually. One IR MANAGER is easily able to control 4 TV's. Using 3.5mm splitters and TV's with different IR commands you can control even more screens with one IR Manager.
Distributed Resource Control - Imagine there is a TV and a Blu-Ray player at one end of the house and the owner wants to watch/operate that from another room. You can teach this device the necessary commands to control the TV, Blu-Ray Player, and perhaps 2 other sources in that remote location. Taking advantage of the 2G RS232 Automation Matrix this device would allow the user to send discrete IR control commands to the Blu-Ray, and could also control the TV.
Essentially you have got a "learning" universal remote control can work with any control system with RS232 support that can be addressed from anywhere else (Control4, Crestron, AMX, RTI, URC, Savant, etc.) There will probably be a tangent market for the IR MANAGER for use in non HD over IP installations. This device will be very simple to support with our MediaSwitcher software which can be operated on PC, Linux, Mac, and portable devices such as iPhone and iPads.