Bursting with Biophilia: CE Pro Names 6 ‘WellScapes Masters’ at CEDIA 2019

CEDIA Expo 2019 is the one where biophilia burst into the smart-home channel – not just circadian lighting and indoor air quality, but layers of stimuli that mimic patterns of nature. Meet our first 6 ‘WellScapes Masters.’

Bursting with Biophilia: CE Pro Names 6 ‘WellScapes Masters’ at CEDIA 2019

CEDIA Expo breaks out in biophilia. CE Pro names 6 WellScapes Masters on the show floor.

At CEDIA Expo 2019, we have about 20 companies demonstrating wellness-related products and services – not telemedicine, remote caregiving and living-in-place solutions this time around, but a whole new industry built around biophilia: humankind’s innate connection to nature based on a few hundred thousand years of living outdoors full-time.

Our biology is built for outdoor living, but today we spend 90% of our time indoors, deprived of the clean air, cool breezes, warm and sticky climates, 24/7 daylight patterns, sounds, smells, movement, and visual connections that are supposed to make us tick. Instead, we’re sick.

Nature can make us whole again, and if you can’t get enough of the real stuff, you can fake it quite effectively. The research is pretty clear on the health benefits of certain nature simulations (applied in certain ways), such as circadian lighting, air movement and purification, climate controls, and nature scenes playing on ordinary TVs with a sound-system assist to play birds and streams.

Thursday, 9/12, 10-11:30 a.m. | 30-minute presentation, then networking
Room 2C (location shown in slideshow below)

Six months ago, virtually no one in the smart-home channel had heard “biophilia” before. You could tell by the giggling and dirty jokes that followed every introduction to the term. The giggling has subsided, and now the home-technology industry is taking very seriously the opportunity to deliver wellness-related solutions to consumers, and the potential to build new business models around the category.

CE Pro is introducing a new brand at Expo, WellScapes, that reflects our commitment to sharing wellness-related research, products, case studies, opportunities, and whatever else we can offer to motivate home-technology integrators and suppliers to embrace this new opportunity – this very real, science-based, research-backed, exciting opportunity that taps into our channel’s greatest strengths.

We will post our complete CEDIA Expo 2019 Wellness Directory Thursday morning, but for now, take a look at six exhibitors that are showing real solutions – or at least demonstrating a mastery of biophilic principles – on the Expo floor.

We’re naming these six companies the first WellScapes Masters at CEDIA Expo.

Some, like the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), will have offer modest representations of biophilic practices on the show floor, but they have experts on hand to discuss the category all day long.

Others, like Rayva, didn’t have time to build out the biophilic spaces they desperately wanted to showcase, but they have their vision and a very real plan for moving forward with a reimagination of the traditional home theater.

And then Delos – the granddaddy of wellness and biophilic design behind the WELL Building Institute and WELL building certifications. They have a complete, enclosed relaxation and rejuvenation “theater” at the back of the hall, and  a whole lot of experience to share with integrators.

See what the WellScapes Masters are Showing:

About the Author

Julie Jacobson
Julie Jacobson:

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


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