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CEDIA 2016 Wrap-Up: The Future Is Voice Control

Another CEDIA — the biggest home technology showcase of the year — has come and gone. For our residential brands, CEDIA is an annual opportunity to present their latest innovations to the professionals that install their gear. And this year, the show didn’t disappoint. According to CEDIA, attendance topped just over 18,750 attendees, included over 500 exhibitors, 115 CEDIA training sessions, 13 CEDIA Talks, and six free CEDIA panel sessions. Judging by the chatter, it’s safe to say this year’s show was a success, with attendees energized about future opportunities and a positive industry outlook.

By far the biggest trend this year was voice control and integration. Professionally known as “voice as a user interface” (VUI), this technology is on the rise in the residential market thanks to Amazon’s Echo, a hands-free speaker controlled by voice. Echo connects to Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service, playing music and providing information, news, sports scores, weather, and more — instantly. But what’s really interesting is that voice control is just as applicable to the pro AV space. Alexa dominated with several announcements by the big control players touting integration. Charlie Kindel, director of Alexa smart home automation at Amazon, delivered one of the keynote speeches, where he claimed VUI will be as disruptive as the internet!

It is easy to imagine that as homeowners experience the benefits of voice control and the technology matures, corporate execs will be keen on bringing it into the boardroom. As an Echo user myself, Alexa is great for playing music and controlling other IoT devices in the home like temperature and lights. In an office environment, it would be just a cool to start a presentation or videoconference by just saying, “Alexa, start presentation,” or “Alexa, start videoconference.” This would add a new level of convenience to office tasks.

Alexa is the just the beginning. We’ll likely see more companies — such as josh.ai, which controls every part of the home environment, from lighting, HVAC, music, security, and more — enter the space and leverage the opportunities of IoT. Clearly, voice control will continue to permeate in both markets. Are you ready? “Alexa, prepare us for the new wave of the future.”

AWARD WINNERS

CEDIA 2016 Best New Product Award
Middle Atlantic —
DC Power Distribution
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CE Pro BEST Awards at CEDIA 2016
iPoint Control — Best
Business Operations/
End-to-End Software
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rAVe 2016 Best of CEDIA Awards
Best Control System Product — Pro Control ProLink.z Processor; Best New Control/GUI Interface — RTI KX10 In-Wall Controller
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Residential Systems’ CEDIA Best of Show 2016
Middle Atlantic —
DC Power Distribution;
RTI — CX10 Touchpanel
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SHOWSTOPPERS

AVNation
ResiWeek: CEDIA 2016
Recap With Brooks Swift of iPoint
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AVNation
RTI at CEDIA 2016
— Brett Stokke
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AVNation
Middle Atlantic at CEDIA 2016 — Rebeca Villareale
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Kit Plus
VITEC EZ TV at IBC2016 — Peer Jambor
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PROJECT CASE STUDIES

Electronic House
RTI Automation System
Stars in Manhattan Makeover
of NYC Townhouse
more

SVC
Revolabs Enables Conferencing & Collaboration Success at Summit Public Schools
more

AV Technology
Ninth Judicial Circuit
Court Simplifies AV Communications With Biamp
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Government Video
Air Force Academy Installs VITEC IPTV System
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THOUGHT LEADERS

CIOReview
X2O Media Welcomes the Digital Workplace — a New Way to Work
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Technologies for Worship
Revolabs Explains the
DECT Spectrum
more

Worship AVL Asia
LynTec Speaks Up on Managing Electrical Use
more

Technologies for Worship
Biamp Talks Emergency Communications
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PRODUCT SPOTLIGHTS AND REVIEWS

CE Pro
CEDIA 2016: Middle Atlantic Makes Racks, Mounts, and Power Management Sexy Again!
more

InBroadcast
IBC2016 InShow Guide:
VITEC MGW Ace Offers
End-to-End 4:2:2 10-Bit
HEVC Encode/Decode Solution
more

CE Pro
RTI Enhances Integration Designer APEX Software; Announces New
Touchscreen
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About.com
Robert Silva Tests the BenQ i500 Smart Video Projector
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IN MEMORIAM

RTI Mourns the Loss of Founder John Demskie
We are deeply saddened to announce the sudden loss of RTI Founder and CEO John Demskie. John passed away unexpectedly at his Florida home on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. He will be greatly missed.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

LDI
Oct. 17-23
Las Vegas
more

NAB Show New York
Nov. 9-10
New York City
more

CES
Jan. 5-8
Las Vegas
more

 

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