CEDIA Checks Out Global Technology Trends
While the buzz over 3D, tablets and other hot technologies has been a global phenomenon, CEDIA, the leading authority on residential electronic solutions, recently compared home technology trends in different parts of the world, using its global network of more than 3,500 member companies’ experience.
“In today’s connected world, people are finding they can get more than they ever imagined out of technology in and around the home,” said Utz Baldwin, CEO, CEDIA America.
“These trends show that homeowners are seeking technology applications that are tailored to their unique needs and lifestyles rather than one-size-fits-all solutions.”
While certain technologies may be equally popular around the globe, homeowners’ motivation for installing these systems varies.
For example, in the United States, eco-conscious homeowners may opt for energy monitors out of a sense of personal responsibility for the environment, while in the UK the motivation for the same technologies are often mandated by the government.
CEDIA experts claim the electronic systems categories that show most promise for 2011 and beyond are ones that provide ease of access, can improve quality of life, reduce economic and environmental impact and are easy to use.
CEDIA noted the following trends around the world. In the Asia Pacific Region, CEDIA members reported the following:
1. Safety is Important
2. Sports Fanatics
3. TV: The New Date Night
In the US, CEDIA’s senior director of technology, Dave Pedigo, noted the following trends:
1. TV of the Future
2. App-Driven Technologies
3. Home Theaters, Gaming and Media Rooms
Rufus Greenway, marketing chair, CEDIA and director of Sound Environment noted these trends in the UK.
1. Control Applications for Smart Phones and Tablets
2. TV On-Demand
3. 3D and Blu-ray Content
4. MP3 vs. CDs vs. Vinyl