3 Most Creative Demos at CEDIA Expo 2012
SpeakerCraft's red button, Khimo's Lego house and Crestron's audio tour top my list of most creative demos at CEDIA Expo.
The Future Tech Pavilion at CEDIA Expo 2012 probably had the longest lines and entailed the most preparation of any destination at CEDIA Expo, with its actors and carefully staged choreography. There were long lines throughout the show for the 20-minute presentation.
But there were a few other exhibitors at CEDIA that were notable because of the creative ways they demonstrated products. Here are my three favorites.
Khimo Lego House
I’m not entirely sure what Khimo does. Something about a secure cloud-based solution for remotely accessing and controlling AMX and Crestron home automation systems:
Khimo brings easy and secure remote access to your automation system as a web service plug-and-play solution.
Easy in the sense that it avoids all the challenges of setting up the home network for remote access; all setup and use is made via an intuitive web user interface.
Khimo needs no additional hardware purchases, as it is a full web service solution that can be added to any Crestron or AMX automation system (other automation brands to follow in Khimo’s next release).
I don’t really care all that much. I just loved the miniature Lego house that Khimo built to demonstrate remote home management. It was so darn cute.
SpeakerCraft’s Red Button
Although SpeakerCraft had a fairly tame booth this year by Jeremy Burkhardt standards, the audio company had a really cool way of demonstrating the sound quality of its new CS3 (formerly called Protege) TV speaker with built-in subwoofers and DSP capabilities.
Jim Moran, one of the Worst Booth Babes at CEDIA Expo, demonstrated how a press of the big red button toggled between the TVs bad sound and the Protege’s rich sound. Obviously the video doesn’t do the audio justice but the new box sounded great and the red button was really clever.
Crestron’s Audio Tour
Crestron took a page out of the museum handbook with an audio tour of its booth. Unfortunately, I didn’t check it out, but it was a great idea for those who weren’t lucky enough to get a booth tour with my guides Fred Bargetzi (didn’t make the Worst Booth Babes list), Daniel Jackson and Josh Stene.
Stay tuned for the complete Crestron roundup, including the show-stopping Core 3 UI platform.
All video and images shot with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1, the official camera of the CE Pro Blog Mob at CEDIA Expo 2012]
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org
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