Technology Integrator June 2013 issue
A look at what to expect at CE Week in New York
Welcome to the CE Week issue of Technology Integrator! This is an event that has gone from strength to strength over the last several years.
When my wife and I purchased a home in the Old North East neighborhood of St. Petersburg, Fla., we had the feeling that we were buying at the bottom of the market. Thank goodness we were right! In less than two years the property has appreciated over one percent per month, growing in value by 30 percent. Since areas, not specific homes, tend to appreciate in sync, most of the homes around us have appreciated greatly as well.
Located in the Miracle Mile Shops of the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Blondies Sports Bar & Grill has been voted one of the best sports bars in the country by MSN CityGuides and Gayot.com. Its nearby sister establishment, DB’s Pong and Pool, has the distinction of being the only billiards hall on the Las Vegas Strip. A common element to both hot spots is the televised sports that play a central role in the guest experience.
At the recent InfoComm show, Gefen was directly focused on the professional audio/video market, while president Hagai Gefen shed light on some of the major technologies in the connectivity space.
IC Realtime was founded in 2005 by CEO Matt Sailor, CFO Bob Odierna, and CTO Le Kang. Together the principals bring 35 years of experience in the development, marketing, sales, installation and support of security and alarm equipment to the company.
If you’ve been in this business for any length of time, you’re sure to have fielded the question, “What about wireless speakers?” According to CEDIA’s annual market research report, “Size and Scope of the Residential Electronic Systems Market in the US,” 93 percent of home technology professionals are installing audio.
The summer months are upon us, and for most of North America, that means it’s time to fire up barbecues, serve cold beverages, and listen to our neighbors complain about the cost of cooling their homes.
Sales to dealers of multi-room systems have ballooned in dollar value to more than double what they were in 2011 ($274 million), with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) estimating they will reach $580 million when 2013 is said and done.
Consumer electronics rep firm End Result, of Pittsburgh, Pa., reports that its 12th annual electronics expo for home AV and 12 volt retailers was a great success. Held March 6 at the Fort Rapids Resort and Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, “Get Better” was the theme of this year’s show.
CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles is such a hard working book!
Technology Integrator recently sat down with designer Shadi Shahrokhi; we wanted to learn how he started his unique company, and how his products suit the needs of luxury clients and others.