When the doors opened at 9 AM at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver on September 12, both industry professionals and tech enthusiasts alike began pouring in. The expo floor is large, with over 500 exhibitors showcasing their products and services, so the estimated 20,000 CEDIA attendees had plenty of room to learn, converse and explore the leading event in connected technology.
Overall, day 1 of CEDIA Expo was an exciting day that sparked meaningful connections and conversations around the smart home industry. Read on for our recap of the day’s highlights.
Google Nest TechTalk
CEDIA day 1 started off with a Google Nest TechTalk on the Smart Stage with Michele Turner, Senior Director of the Google Smart Home Ecosystem and Gene Lanois, Head of Professional Industry Partnerships at Google, moderated by Greg Kahn, President & CEO of Internet of Things Consortium.
The speakers discussed major trends in the smart home industry, which smart tech will be important in the future, privacy and security regarding Google Nest, what data Google collects from customers and goals to make smart home technology more accessible, affordable and easy to install for the average consumer.
CE Pro Best Product Awards
Later on at the Smart Stage, the CE Pro Best Product Awards were presented.
Notable winners in the Control and Automation division include the Holm ZDClink Controller in the Lighting, Lighting Controls & Accessories category, the Sonesse 30 WireFree Zigbee Li-ion by Somfy Systems, Inc. in the Motorized Shade Controls & Accessories category, the Delos DARWIN Home Wellness Intelligence in the Wellness category, and the Control4 Smart Home OS 3 in the Whole House Control category. View the full list of winners here.
“The BEST Awards offer an incredible glimpse into the future for the entire residential integration industry,” says Jason Knott, editor-in-chief, CE Pro.
Google Home Discussions
Google Nest’s exhibits, talks and presentations, which were spread throughout the expo, gathered some of the largest crowds of the day.
At the Google Nest exhibit, Bill Darcy of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, John Taylor of LG and Greg Khan, President of the IoT Consortium expanded on the earlier conversation that took place on the Smart Stage. This talk brought a smaller and more intimate crowd in their beautifully-designed exhibit, which featured home-like setups fully equipped with furniture, decor, and various Google Nest products.
The speakers discussed the future growth of smart home integration and the trends in smart kitchens. “Look at it as a more holistic way of managing your home,” said John Taylor, referring to recent innovations in the smart home space.
The next event to take the stage was TechBites, where 10 brands had just 3 minutes to present their latest innovation or service followed by a 2-minute Q&A session. Debuted at CEDIA 2018, this event gave attendees the opportunity to learn about several interesting brands in one sitting.
Notable smart products presented include Savant’s transformative integration with Apple TV, Aidoo by Airzone, a groundbreaking smart air conditioning system, and Konnected’s Alarm Panel, an innovative device that converts an existing wired alarm system into a smart home security platform. Other brands that presented include Zappiti, Broadly, Vanco International, ProjX360, RoseWater Energy Group, Wilson Electronics and AV Stumpfl.
According to CEDIA, it’s “the event that’s making smart homes genius.” One message was clear at CEDIA today: it’s that partnerships and collaboration has the power to spark innovation and keep technology moving forward.
We’re looking forward to CEDIA Day 2. Noteworthy events include TechStarter and TechTalks with Vivint, Sonnen and Samsung. Stay tuned for our next recap tomorrow.