I try to stay current on the latest in home entertainment technology. This helps me and my team to understand how our audiences will view and discover their television content. With that in mind, I visited the annual CEDIA conference — Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association.
These are the folks who design and install home theaters, media rooms, whole house audio and video and home automation. This year’s expo floor was filled with plenty of big TV’s, digital projectors and screens, comfy theatre seats, home networking and connected devices, remote controls, amps, speakers and automation devices.
Everyone had an “app” for just about anything. The biggest change from years past was in the amount of horizontal growth in devices like locks, automatic shades and curtains, energy monitors and lighting and climate tools. More vendors offering more choices and each with their own operating system — app based — rather than vertically integrated systems like Crestron or Savant or Control 4 where you buy the whole ecosystem from them.
As always I used this as a great opportunity to catch up with my friends from HomeSeer Technologies. Rich, Mark, Rick and Jon were in full force. HomeSeer is a terrific home automation product — it’s flexible, easy to use and highly expandable. I have used mine for over a decade — always growing, improving, and learning. As I say, I don’t fish and I don’t play golf, so my leisure time pursuits are working with home automation and watching sports on TV. HomeSeer continues to give me a lot to play with.