CEDIA 2014: My Day Three Observations

VXF532_B_LS-0914Day three of the 2014 CEDIA Expo was still a busy one, despite the fact that many attendees probably already returned home. As I have said all this week, the HomeAV market is BACK and this year’s show featured a number of new products for the home, many of which are impressive.

With that in mind, here are the things that impressed me the most on Day Three:

basalte-0914The Basalte Sentido Switch: The light switch has been re-invented via Balsalte Sentido. The switch has four different surfaces and every surface controls a different function. But when you touch more than one surface at the same time the switch will turn on and off all of the lights. The switch comes in a number of different finishes and it works with Lutron’s HomeWorks QS system also. Check it out here.

imax-logo-0914Want a private IMAX Home Theater?: I spoke with the president of IMAX, Larry O’Reilly on Saturday and got some more details about the company’s home theater experience. IMAX, via its Private Theatre, will provide the technology for the room; the screen, the projection, the sound, the controller, the theater design and the training. And IMAX is taking it one step further and will provide a 24/7/365 monitoring service, so your private home theatre will work, always. If you want to know more about the IMAX home theatre watch the interview here.

c17_prod_01-0914Uniquely Designed Speakers: We saw this company at last year’s CEDIA but this year FLOW has introduced its Director Series speaker using DuPont Corian. These speakers have an awesome design using the Corian for the grill design so there are plenty of design and color choices.

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Show Off Your Work and Installs: Sanus has created a new website called Sanus SPACES where dealers and installers can show off their own projects and communicate with users. Before and after pictures and portfolios live digitally on the website so users can re-imagine any space and link directly to you via social media and business profile pages. Oh, and its all for free!

So in short, the HomeAV market is back and that’s clear from this year’s CEDIA Expo — kudos to Don Gilpin and his team there. If you want to get a super-quick look at the show floor, here’s a video we shot covering the floor. Also be sure to check out all of our coverage as we shot over 500 photos, over 700 product videos and posted news from the show. And it all lives on our 2014 CEDIA MicroSite here.