Key takeaways from CEDIA 17 that highlight the quickly evolving world of home technology and automation
At a feet-on-the-floor level, the overarching theme of CEDIA this year dealt with connecting and enhancing life through technology; sweet, delicious technology. Our legs are exhausted from three incredible days at CEDIA 2017 in San Diego but we have our pockets packed full with information and we want to share.
As you make your way back home here are the four things you won’t want to forget from CEDIA 2017 in San Diego!
Tech for the Aging Tsunami
Laura Mitchell, of the Laura Mitchell Consulting Firm, shared facts about the present state and future trends of technology for the aging baby-boomer generation. This “aging tsunami” is presenting a huge opportunity for tech companies to support baby-boomer’s decision to choose to stay in their own home rather than moving to an assisted care facility. This is a decision that 90% of baby boomers are making out of a deep-seated fear of assisted care facilities (source).
The needs associated with in-home care presents a $350-million-dollar opportunity for unpaid care-giving.
Tele-Health devices are exploding and the trend is only getting started. Companies are presenting solutions that connect patient and independence through wearable tech. Fall detection, rehabilitation exercise training, remote doctor visits, and the ability to control a home through a single device are already here and, soon to arrive, is a product that can predict health anomalies and alert you to schedule a check-up.
Listen to the full interview here (14:00 – 25:30).
Boosting the Smart Home’s IQ
The smart home is shifting from cool and optional to rad and necessary. Companies like Nest, a smart thermostat that programs itself based on your schedule and preferences, and Origin Acoustics, who have crafted in-home room-to-room audio components that are both smart and beautiful, have moved the needle for a sleeker, smarter, and more hands free in-home lifestyle.
Being connected in the tech age means being less focused on the day-to-day minutia of operating those items in your home and life.
Moderating your energy consumption to keep your phone bill down should be programmed into a thermostat, finding a signal to make a cell phone call or operate your smart devices should be instantaneous, and you shouldn’t have to blast music in one room just so you can hear it in another, it should all be interconnected so homeowners can focus on the other, more important elements of life and relaxation.
4K Is Unbelievably Real
The real-as-life screen resolution is upon us and it was on-screen in many booths and it is absolutely unbelievable. I think we can all agree that 1080p provides a great viewer experience but get this; 4K is four-times better. We’re serious. With 4K there are 4x more pixels on screen than on a 1080p screen.
Presently, 4K video content is relatively limited. To speed things up, a recent advancement has enabled 4K TVs to “upconvert” 1080p images to sharpen the image quality and create a more interpersonal and connection-oriented experience between viewer and video.
Integrators Are in a Great Place
The range of trades that are being asked for smart home technology expertise is growing. Solar roof shingles for roofers, paint that can hide in-wall tech for painters, smart outdoor lighting and irrigation systems for landscapers, smart HVAC control units for HVAC technicians, the list goes on-and-on.
All of these tech-related requests and questions present a brand-new opportunity for integrators and forming partnerships will present a huge market advantage for both parties as in-home tech progresses.
All of this smart technology requires installation – some can be installed by an end-user but the overwhelming majority of what we have seen at CEDIA requires an installer. In fact, 70% of integrators are now offering remote monitoring of tech (source). It all requires maintenance and the trend is shifting toward a huge uptick in the consumption of smart home technology and this is great news for brands, installers, and homeowners.
It has been a great week here with you all and we’re glad to have shared the experience with all who joined us. As we look forward to next year, learn more about cell phone signal boosters to see how you can create a reliable environment that connects you with your tech, friends, family, and colleagues.