CEDIA, an acronym for the Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association, has been around for some time. According to their website, “the association powers integrators’ passion by providing development pathways that move them to the next level by providing education, community, resources, and vision. CEDIA members deliver technology solutions that allow people to have their best moments in life from the comfort of their own home: life lived best at home.”
As an interior designer, I am always inquisitive about ways to improve a space, not just making it look better but making it function better, so getting a better understanding of technology for the home is a natural. I recently attended the CEDIA Expo as part of Design Connection Tour aimed at giving interior designers a look at current tech offerings. The CEDIA Expo was like a pop up theme park for A/V and home automation techies, and the eye and ear candy were everywhere!
The smart mirror offered by Seura advertised that mornings will never be the same… I agree! This touch screen mirror connects you with your world as you ready yourself to face it!
New 8K television technology from Samsung and something called “the wall” offered a picture that made you want to reach into the screen! The “Frame” and ambient mode also from Samsung, offer solutions so beautiful you can leave the TV in plain sight or hide it in plain sight! An interior designer’s dream!
I challenge you to find the TVs in the gallery above!
Home theatre offerings from Barco Residential were impressive and there is something to work with every aesthetic. They won an award at the show!
Solutions for hiding the TV behind art from Leon Speakers piqued my interest. They also offered a multitude of custom speaker solutions and had a great airstream trailer in the booth!
Check out this Leon Speakers video
I also saw new offerings from Nexus 21, a company that creates automated TV lifts, that has been a go to on some of my projects.
Home security and automation of lighting and entertainment come up when discussing lifestyle with clients. Voice control from Josh.ai as well new solutions that integrate EVERYTHING with your smart phone from Control 4 were mind blows in terms of creating homes that have a user experience that equals the aesthetic. I feel that is the goal of good interior design.
During the show I had the opportunity to host a panel on that topic, The Impact Of Technology On Lifestyle Design, sponsored by Women in Consumer Technology. Our panel talked about the need for the design community and tech community to work together to enhance the smart home experience. Tech has come a long way. You can go all in without fear of obsolescence as the model can include cloud based updates and integrate new equipment to existing systems or you can start small with a single automated light switch and add on later. The possibilities are fascinating!
What was sci-fi when I was a kid is now sci-fact and I’m excited to work with more tech specialists to create real world solutions for my clients that are investing in upgrading their lifestyle by upgrading their homes. If you are remodeling or building new, make sure you take a look at the new tech and have your designer add a technologist to your design build team!
In closing I must also say that I LOVE the energy of the AV crowd and all the people I have met during this experience! Shout out to THE AV LIFE !!