ETC Tessera Touchscreen Control
Posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2011
ETC is now shipping the Tessera, or Unison Mosaic Tessera Controller (MTPC). A new addition to ETC’s Unison line of architectural control, Tessera combines a 4.3” touchscreen with a 512-channel DMX-Over-Ethernet Mosaic controller. Tessera controls complex lighting shows with moving lights as well as colour-mixing LEDs, conventionals and dimmers. It also handles impromptu show control, accessories, automation, waterworks, and other non-lighting effects.
ETC named its new touchscreen lighting-control product after the ancient word for ‘tile.’ As ETC’s Architectural Market Manager Joe Bokelman explains, “A tessera is a tile in a greater mosaic but also an object of beauty and utility itself. Our Tessera is both a part of a greater sophisticated networked system and a standalone full controller, in a compact interface.”
“Imagine colour-changing lights in the lobby of a mall or an office tower that can go through dynamic effects, seasonal looks, or subtle lighting events—without requiring a massive control system that no one knows how to use,” says Bokelman. “Tessera provides simple access, standalone touchscreen control, at your fingertips. Tessera is a complete controller, capable of mastering an entire installation—while also integrating with a larger Mosaic installation.”
Mosaic Designer software v1.9 is also now available for download from ETC’s website. This new version includes support for Tessera, with TouchEditor software for creating customized touchscreen designs.