Most Significant Product Launches of 2012
Several outstanding products debuted in the CE pro channel in 2012; here we highlight not the best products, but some of the most significant launches of the year.
Julie Jacobson · December 31, 2012
CE Pro can’t claim to know the “best” products of 2012, but we can certainly highlight some of the most significant product stories of the year.
For example, Crestron’s entering the motorized shade business was a pretty big deal.
Autonomic and Kaleidescape employing UltraViolet streaming and download technology was also substantial for our market.
These product launches portend new things to come in the CE channel, such as wireless audio, affordable control systems and high-quality digital content.
Here we highlight several of the important product launches of 2012. They include:
Crestron motorized shades
Stewart Filmscreen Cima line
Autonomic MMS-5AV with UltraViolet
Kaleidescape download store with UltraViolet
Control4 HC-800 controller
URC Total Control
Savant integrated keypads
Prima Cinema digital media server
NuVo wireless audio
Cleerline NSF fiber optics
Lutron Sivoia cellular shades
Sony 4K Ultra HD with 4K content
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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org
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