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CEDIA Day 3 Recap: Wellness Talks, Industry Stats and Final Thoughts

CEDIA Expo 2019 in Denver, Colorado wrapped up with an exciting final day of connections and presentations. Get the scoop on what you might have missed with this quick recap.

CEDIA 2019 came to a close this past Saturday, but the action wasn’t over just yet. The final day of the nation’s largest connected home trade show turned out to be full of great events and exhibitions. Read on for our recap of everything you need to know about Day 3 of CEDIA. 

Connected Home Research Report TechTalk

Day 3 of CEDIA kicked off with an insightful presentation from a representative of CABA (Continental Automated Buildings Association), an Ottawa-based research organization that’s “dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and intelligent building technologies”.

According to the CABA representative, trends within the next two years include smart bulbs, doorbells and intrusion detection/alarm systems…

Using his time on the Smart Stage, the presenter revealed data from the 2019 Connected Home Roadmap, which, according to CABA, aims to “collect a detailed analysis of key trends and buying behaviors.” The study surveyed homeowners across the US and Canada, revealing key information about the future of the connected home industry.

According to the speaker, the market is being “somewhat stifled by network protocols and compatibility issues,” which is leaving consumers “frustrated”. He revealed that much of the current market growth is around smart home hubs, which “creates constraints” but adds uniformity, drives innovation, and provides a starting point for homeowners when creating a smart home system. The speaker also revealed some of the biggest issues for consumers: cost of installation, maintenance and privacy. 

The presentation closed with a summary of the projected trends in the smart home industry. According to the CABA representative, trends within the next two years include smart bulbs, doorbells and intrusion detection/alarm systems, while medium-term trends in 3-5 years will see “a movement toward complex interactions.” Long-term trends, he revealed, include AR, VR, smart projectors and robotics. 

Panel on Integrated Tech & Wellness

Next to take the Smart Stage was a panel on how integrated tech adds wellness, security, and safety to the home. Panelists included Toni Sabatino, owner of Toni Sabatino Style, Mike Restrepo, owner of Restrepo Innovations, and Alex Capecelatro, owner and co-founder of Josh.ai.

People who already have smart home products, however, like to use their speaker to tie everything together.

After a weekend of the what, how, and where of smart home tech, this panel, moderated by co-founder of the Living in Place Institute, Erik Listou, gave us a brief glimpse into the why

“Voice control is a great equalizer,” says Capecelatro, who discussed how older people are more likely to be tech averse, have trouble seeing small screens and have limited mobility, all of which voice control can help with. 

The panel discussed how the aim of smart home technology is to be as simple and accessible as possible. According to Mike Restrepo, “Real integration is not about creating buttons, but taking them away.” 

When discussing the must-haves in a smart home, Toni Sabatino says that as a designer, she likes to focus on the sociology of interior design. This means creating spaces where people can live well, and tech is a major part of that. 

“We’re a culture of kindness,” says moderator Erik Listou, “If you have a home that’s safe and accessible, others will feel that way too.” He closed the panel with this statement: “Integration is not a now thing. It’s a solution.”

Rise of Voice Control TechTalk

The final presentation on the Smart Stage was a brief talk from a representative of Parks & Associates, a Dallas-based connected tech market research and consulting firm, who spoke about some of the trends surrounding voice control in the smart home space. 

She discussed how voice control technology is growing in popularity among demographics that wouldn’t typically use new technology, such as children and seniors, who may need hands-free support in a time of need. 

When discussing purchase patterns of consumers, the speaker explained that those who buy a smart speaker aren’t more likely to adopt other smart home devices, and are instead just using it for its base model capabilities. People who already have smart home products, however, like to use their speaker to tie everything together. 

Final Thoughts

And that’s a wrap! Overall, CEDIA Expo 2019 was an exciting weekend where all of the greatest minds in connected tech came together to connect, share, and inspire. We look forward to seeing what next year’s event has in store as this industry continues to grow.

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