3 Key Takeaways from CES

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The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is considered one of the world’s biggest showcases of innovative technology. Each year brings a new batch of breakthroughs into the limelight, and 2019 show was no exception. The CEDIA Technology Council is group of volunteers who stay abreast of tech trends to help those who are responsible for integrating that technology into the home know what’s on the horizon. Here are some of the latest trends and inventive solutions the council noticed at CES earlier this month that could soon have an impact on the construction trades. Make room for even bigger TVs. You’ve heard of 4K. Get ready for 8K. This higher-resolution format is coming, according to Gordon van Zuiden owner of integration firm cyberManor in Los Gatos, Calif. “The logic behind it is that the average size of televisions sold in the U.S. this year is around 47, 48 inches,” van Zuiden said. “That's compared to about eight years ago when it was 36 inches, and very soon we expect the average size will be between 50 to 55 inches. When TVs get to be that size, 8K makes a lot of sense.” Homes will have a greater number and variety of sensors. More devices continue to be introduced into the home to monitor everything – not only what we say, but also our daily routines, body gestures and health. Peter Aylett of Archimedia in Dubai noted that one of the firms on the show floor, Korea’s UMAIN, was demonstrating sensors that utilized – of all things – radar: “If you're within about two meters, a radar can detect your heart rate and your respiration rate," Aylett said. "So in terms of monitoring kids in nurseries, monitoring the elderly, the vulnerable, the sick – this is a fantastic, non-invasive method. There are no cameras, no microphones – you can hold a conversation and this thing isn't picking it up. It's picking up respiration, heartbeats, physical activity, security monitoring – all through radar.” Tools are getting a lot smarter. From motion-based measuring tools, to drills that let you know what distance into material the bit has traveled (and the precise angle of the drill bit, too), clever construction tools were on full display at CES. Rich Green, a Palo Alto integrator who owns Rich Green Designs, was impressed by a measurement product from a company called Moasure. “If you wanted to measure the total fabric requirements for an acoustical space," Green said, "you can take this little puck, move it around the room, and it'll tell you with incredible accuracy precisely how much fabric you need.” This guest post is from Ed Wenck, content director for CEDIA, the industry association representing those professionals who manufacture, design and integrate goods and services for the connected home. Additional insights of The CEDIA Technology Council's observations from CES will soon be shared on NAHBNow.   

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