Invasion of the CE Pro Blog Mob at CEDIA Expo 2012

Those green armbands and black fedoras belonged to the CE Pro Blog Mob at CEDIA Expo 2012. They were everywhere!

CEDIA CE Pro Blog Mobsters Bjorn Jensen and Joe Whitaker. [Snapped with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1, the official camera of the CE Pro Blog Mob at CEDIA Expo 2012]
Julie Jacobson · September 11, 2012

There is only so much a handful of CE Pro editors can cover during CEDIA Expo, our industry’s most important show.

This year we enlisted eight industry veterans to give us a hand, providing insights that only those in the trenches can provide.

Donning green armbands and black fedoras, these members of the CE Pro Blog Mob visited tons of booths, snapping photos and videos with their Lumix DMC-SZ1 cameras, generously provided by Panasonic.

Other vendors that rewarded these guest bloggers included:

  • Remote Technologies Inc., which donated the best tradeshow roller bags a blogger could ask for.
  • URC, which made custom backpacks for the “press” and provided top-notch RF remotes and other goodies for the whole gang
  • Monoprice, which pleasantly surprised the Mobsters with news they would be offering unbranded products for the trade
  • Denon, providing in-ear headphones/mic for the flight home
  • Lutron, which lavished the group with a number of lighting-control gifts

Blog Mobster Bjorn Jensen could program his URC remote just fine, but couldn’t recall how to use the three-way pen/pointer/stylus provided by URC. He emailed the group, “Does anybody know how to use the laser pointer on that URC pen we got?  Or does anybody know what the yellow tab is on the end of it?”

We’ve only just begun posting the great content and insights from the CE Pro Blog Mob. Expect much more this week.

In the meantime, enjoy these videos and photos of the Blog Mob at CEDIA.

Psst…We’re still using #cediacepro

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That’s the gang (from left):  Mac “39 Cent Stamp” Burks, David Haddad, Petro Shimonishi, Julie Jacobson, Bjorn Jensen, Joe Whitaker, Rich Fregosa, Avi Rosenthal (click to enlarge).

[video] How to Blog Mob, Rich Fregosa-style

[video] URC showers the Blog Mob with swag.

[video] Goodies from Monoprice

Blog Moberphernalia

Oops, these arrived too late!

Morning for a Blog Mobster

Blog Mobster Petro Shimonishi does double-duty as Blog Mobster and Denon spokesperson (Watch the video)

That’s no leprechaun. That’s Blog Mobster Avi Rosenthal.

That’s how the Blog Mob rolls.

Join the CE Pro Blog Mob, get chicks.

Julie out of uniform with Joe at the Control4 party.

Fred Harding misses the group photo but not the Blog Mob fun.

Bjorn in uniform

Bjorn and Joe own it!

Bjorn Jensen enjoys lunch in the CEDIA press room—ah the joys of Blog Mobstering.

Joe with Jon Lin at the Sony/Control4 announcement

Clear the aisles, Blog Mobster with fancy RTI bag coming through

Panasonic Lumic DMC-SZ1: the official camera of the CEDIA CE Pro Blog Mob

The Blog Mob Impostors and Wannabes

Sentrynet’s David Avritt and his daughter thought they’d get better service if they wore Blog Mob green. Didn’t work.

Impostor Shawn Murphy, Autco

An entire booth of ‘em at Digital Projection

Former Niles Audio president Mike “Sparky” Detmer wants a new career as a CE Pro Blog Mobster

Parasound’s Richard Schram—he wishes

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  About the Author

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

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