The Coolest Products at CEDIA

We had our Dealer Tools Product Manager, Miguel Perez, walking the floor of CEDIA so that he could share with us the coolest products he could find. Here is his summary:

The Best of CEDIA. (At Least in My Mind)

I love technology. I am a geek 100% of the time. You couple my love for technology and a show like CEDIA, and you get one happy guy, (basically a kid at Disney World).

However, CEDIA is hard work. CEDIA = weeks of preparation, partner meetings, conversations with dealers, demos, and packing and unpacking the amazing Control4 booth (a story for another day).

So, you might be asking, why do I like CEDIA? It sounds like a nightmare. Well, while working hard, I had enough time to walk the show floor looking at all the products and companies that were displaying the best of the best they have to offer. Besides, this is what window shopping for a guy is all about. Not only can you look for the next toy, but you also get educated with enough information to go back home and convince your wife that you really “need” that 128 thousand dollars projector that is the size of a mini cooper.

Control4 and Control4 partners had the most amazing products at the show. I mean, we won two awards for our butt kicking controllers. We even had a voice control device that takes voice commands to execute Control4 functions from HouseLogix.

But outside of the Control4 universe, there were hundreds of products that were amazing. OK, not all of them. I can tell you all about over-sized booth, crappy products, imitators, but I don’t want to turn this post into a negative one.

Without further delay, here is my list:

1.  VRX and D-Box Racing Simulator. This is a 3D, surround sound, feel every detail of the game, super toy that I want right now. However, price tag is going to set me back for a while (28K+). Check it out: www.wrx.ca

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2.  Speakers. There were so many speakers at CEDIA. I mean, you could not turn your head in any direction and not see a speaker manufacturer. However, while walking and listening to so many different sounds coming from so many different areas, the two companies that surprised me were Waterfall and SONOS.

      • Waterfall. These speakers are small and beautifully designed. However, don’t let the appearance fool you. The sound is crisp, undistorted, and really loud. I don’t know price, but here is the website and a pic: http://www.waterfallaudio.com/. Plus, a little video I found in YouTube. http://youtu.be/0JqUgLQBMD4

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I think I can afford two pairs: http://www.amazon.com/Waterfall-Audio-Niagara-Standing-Loudspeakers/dp/B002BSH27I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1347384005&sr=8-1&keywords=waterfall+speakers

      • SONOS: I’ve never been a big fan of SONOS. That all changed when I was walking back to the hotel room after the show on Thursday night. SONOS was testing a sound loop designed for their new wireless subwoofers. WOW!!!! I could not believe my ears. Imagine the sound from this generic video x 5 wireless subwoofers running at the same time. http://youtu.be/l2KP2KUAE1I

3.  Projectors: There were as many projector companies as there were speaker companies at CEDIA. However, one projector caught my attention. I hope this picture shows how big this thing is. http://www.sims2.com

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Anyway, see you next year and until then check Control4 and partner products at our dealer website dealer.control4.com.Remember my comment above about educating yourself so you can convince your wife about buying these toys at CEDIA. It is not going to work on this unit. It is only $ 158,000.00 dollars. I tried!

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CEDIA is here!! …wait, what is CEDIA?

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This week, dealers and custom integrators from around the world are descending upon Indianapolis to check out the latest and greatest in technology for the home. Nearly 450 exhibiting companies will be represented, 121 product categories will be featured and thousands will be milling the hallways of the convention center. This mass of brains, brawn, technical genius and testosterone (yup, I’d venture to say that 87.9999 % of CEDIA attendees and exhibitors are male—HUGE surprise) are gathering to identify the very best the industry has to offer – new cool products and mind-boggling services – that are designed to enhance the home. For Control4, it is our time to shine!

For those of you who attend trade shows, you know what an incredible “scene” they can be.  Some companies pull out all the stops to drive booth traffic:  Win-a-free car sweepstakes, blaring loud music, hot booth babes, B-celebrity appearances (though Justin Bieber at CES last year was a legitimate attraction – but it’s sad I can’t recall the company who hired him), autograph sessions with retired athletes, and so on.

The bells and whistles we apply to drive traffic? Our sales team. Our products. Our business practices. With all candor and frank, unbiased reporting – Control4 is one of CEDIA’s shining attractions. When I first joined the company three years ago, I was blown away by the company’s rock-star brand status at the show. You’d walk the show floor and see lots of guys in logo-gear hanging out in near-empty booths. Yet, the Control4 space was jammed, night-club jammed, day in and day out of the show. It was a spectacle.

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We fully anticipate the “DID YOU CHECK OUT THE CONTROL4 BOOTH?” show mantra to permeate the halls of the Indianapolis Convention Center all this week. And our guests will not be disappointed. Virtually every employee at the company has had his or her hand in our preparation for the show – and we are really excited to share with our dealers and partners what new products our teams have developed that were designed to enhance the lives of our “shared” customers.

The Control4 themes of the show are the very same themes we’re focused on each and every day since we kicked off the year at CES: Innovation. Customer Experience. Performance. Interoperability Leadership. We have a slew of new 2012 products and will be unveiling some way-cool new stuff that will excite consumers and offer dealers unique opportunities to grow their businesses. The buzz internally is that this will be our best CEDIA ever.

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Control4 Partners at CEDIA

I’m here at the biggest industry tradeshow of the year – lots of exciting stuff happening! Of course Control4 has great products, but we also have partners who have come out with cool cool products that can be used with any Control4 system. Here are a few examples:

VoicePodVoicePod – Ever wish you could talk to your house and have it talk right back to you? VoicePod (expected to ship early Q1 of 2013) makes this possible. Simply say “Hello VoicePod” then issue a command or ask a question. I would use this all the time in my house, “Lock the doors”, “Turn the lights off”, “What is the temperature today?”

 

 

NYCE ControlNyce Control – When I think of motion sensors I think of big, ugly eye-type devices stuck in the corners of rooms. But Nyce Control made me change my mind…they have this motion sensor that is about as big as my pointer finger.

 

 

ShadesShades – Being woken up by the sun as the shades in your bedroom slowly raise….sounds nice yes? Automated shades are so great, and make a HUGE difference when it comes energy conservation. We’ve got several great partners who do an outstanding job with shades of all different types. Somfy, QMotion, Mechoshade, Performance Shades, and Lutron all impressed me this year.

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