CE Pro 100: TVs May Be Next Big Thing in Home Tech
Sony’s 84-inch XBR-84X900 4K TV, which debuted at IFA in Berlin, will be one of the first displays in the new ‘Ultra HD’ category.
When was the last time you heard that?
In a small open-ended survey of integrators attending the CE Pro 100 and Commercial Integrator summits, 15.8 percent of attendees say TV technology is “the most exciting technology you see on the horizon.”
By contrast, not a single respondent singled out audio, which was once considered the saving grace of the lackluster A/V business; however, 10.5 percent did call out wireless as the next big thing, and an equal number noted streaming content as exciting. Certainly audio factors into that.
Only 4 percent used the term “network” or “networking” in their responses, but 36.8 percent called out technologies that require robust networks, such as HDMI over IP, IP cameras, and streaming media.
Interestingly, the term “cloud” was mentioned by 12.3 percent of respondents for everything from “cloud-based content” to “cloud-based IP control systems” to “cloud-based services.”
Only one person mentioned home health technology, and fewer-than-expected mentioned lighting or energy management.