CEDIA is right around the corner and we have been scouring the exhibitor list looking for interesting gems. We've discerned several new trends and found a long list of new and interesting products, services and technologies that was presented in the CE Pro Webinar: The Ultimate Preview of CEDIA 2016.
Here are a few things outlined in the webinar (which you can watch anytime on demand):
- At least 16 CEDIA exhibitors will be demonstrating doorbell cameras – from the DIY-centric Ring, August and Nortek, to the pro-worthy Channel Vision and Lilin. The one pictured above melds a popular pro-oriented solution with video-doorbell technology from Doorbrid.
- Digital Projection is launching its first 4K projector based on the new TI chipset, and it will retail for a very reasonable $20,000. We’ll see other brand new 4K projectors from JVC, Sim2 and of course the leader Sony.
- Six companies are showing golf simulators. We'll tell you who they are and where to find them. At least one CE Pro, Bill Maronet of ETC, plans to do the whole golf circuit at CEDIA and we will post his review after the show.
- Stewart Filmscreen is announcing what appears to be a first in rollable projection screens.
- Bob Perry of Mitsubishi and other CI fame, is back in the business with Mass Fidelity, which is courting the integrator channel with erstwhile DIY speakers (the Core) and high-performance Bluetooth DACs (Relay). In a very similar category, CEDIA first-timer Riva plans to tap the channel for its new DIY-friendly Wand series of speakers that promise big multi-channel sound from tiny boxes.
- Comcast/Xfinity is at least getting closer to full IP control, and will soon announce its first home automation partner. (Hint: not the one revealed last year.)
- There’s a new HDBaseT tester in the works (shown above) and it looks even more intriguing than the one from earlier this year from Smart-e.
- Nexus 21 is building a pop-up bar that will be given to one lucky CEDIA guest.
- Arris, the maker of DVR settop boxes and broadband gateways, just signed on to the show. We’re not exactly sure why at this point, but it’s likely the company will be pitching its enterprise-grade Wi-Fi networking solutions.
- Houzz and Home Advisors were also late in signing up for CEDIA, but they’ll be there. Home Advisors has a very interesting new program for smart-home installations.
- B&K and the company once known as Bay Audio are back. The legendary amp-maker B&K was picked up by the distributor Sound Developments. Bay Audio founder Ira Friedman launched a new company The Perfect Third, which is offering grille-free in-wall speakers, among other things.