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Here, from the issue, is Home Technology Trends to Watch:
As you might expect given the rapidly changing nature of technology, our list of hot residential trends is an ever-evolving entity. And while fly-by-night tech fads are not uncommon, just as often, trends with real staying power rise to the top of the field.
CEDIA consistently monitors these trends with the goal of identifying the technologies that will appeal to more than just the early adopters. If you’re wondering how this will affect your clients and your work in the coming months and years, at this juncture, we can safely say these are five trends you need to keep an eye on.
• UltraHD/4K TV Display
Call it whatever you want, but UltraHD is going to be mainstream before you know it ... and homeowners will want it. “It’s here, it’s real, get used to it,” says Michael Heiss, CEDIA Discovery Action Team chair.
UltraHD displays have a resolution of 3840x2160, which totals 8.3 million pixels, nearly four times the 2.2 million pixels that make up an HD display (with a resolution of 1920x1080).
While UltraHD content isn’t yet widely available, there is some content out there to be had, and clients may want to have an UltraHD display now to “future proof” for the day when UltraHD content is standard.
Because the increased number of pixels delivers greater detail with less pixelation, Heiss says this technology enables more flexibility when designing home theaters.
“If I were saying this to an architect or an interior designer, I would say you can have seating closer to a bigger screen if you’re planning something, or you can have a bigger screen relative to the existing seating area,” he says.