CEDIA 2019 just happened, and residential technology pros are ablaze with new product after new product. But what does that have to do with technology decision makers in offices and organizations? Look at how many offices have used iPads in the last 10 years, and you’ll understand.
Yes: the CEDIA market — focusing broadly on consumer tech for the home — does often debut great products for offices, too. And thinking about office tech trends: isn’t it true that the office is looking more and more like a home each year? We’re not just talking about people who work from home: employees are expecting smarter and smarter work spaces to match their smart homes.
At last year’s CEDIA show, we heard about a proliferation of AI devices in commercial-adjacent settings; learned about multiple water management products which are just now finding their way into hotels and other light commercial areas; saw first-hand the importance of tunable lighting to office employees; and learned just how useful VR could be to integration firms’ sales departments.
There were certainly similar themes on display this year, with an added focus on resource management.
Other CEDIA 2019 highlights include:
- landscape speakers and lighting companies such as Holm, Leon, Origin Acoustics, ARtio, andscape vibrations
- broadband wireless, bringing fixed wireless to a central area and then wireless from there
- outdoor shades and screens
- indoor shades with every protocol: zigbee, z-wave, poe, wifi, etc.
- “wellness rooms” with circadian lighting, fresh air, sounds of nature, etc.
Here are a couple examples of residential technology with commercial crossover appeal:
RoomMe by IntelliThings identifies who’s in a room by Smartphones and automatically sets light, music and temperature to the preferences of the actual people present.
While this presents obvious benefits in the home, small to medium-sized businesses could also benefit from this inexpensive (<$100) add-on, especially if the room in question is frequented by the same people.
A Digital Canvas for Signage
Lacking content for signage like everybody else is? Have a client who needs creativity, but something that’s still easy to manage? This solution is basically like owning a subscription to a gallery.
See the full slideshow of residential technology products which are good for the office here