As technology rapidly remakes most parts of our lives, the furniture industry remains largely slow-moving and low-tech. For many retailers, midcentury furniture designed 60 years ago still qualifies as "modern."
Even so, in recent years a number of furniture designers have been struggling to adapt - in ways big and small, subtle and not so subtle - to new forms of technology and the proliferation of devices like the iPad e-readers and ever-thinner flat-screen TVs.
In a way, they have no choice.
"The rate of technological change has gotten so fast
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Make Room for the WellTech Boom
March 28, 2012
Whether driven by the necessity to tackle obesity, the appeal of making a healthy lifestyle even healthier, or simply the desire to take responsibility for their own well being, consumers are taking a more active role in their health and wellness.
In doing so, consumers are seeking electronics that can help them. The wellness technology (WellTech) category is gaining momentum, and there’s an opportunity to encourage it at retail.
Being healthy isn’t just about physical fitness anymore. In a recent study from the Consumer Electronics Association, The New Role of Technology in Consumer Health and Wellness, found that more than half of consumers are consulting healthcare providers for recommendations on health-tech devices. Why? People want overall lifestyle wellness through products that help them achieve better health. By understanding the dynamics of this new market, CE retailers can effectively target the WellTech consumer.
Fitness still fits. A growing number ofphysicians and healthcare professionals are recommending exercise to patients. But instead of heading to the aerobics studio, more consumers are saying goodbye to long-term gym memberships and opting for at-home alternatives. The use of electronics, home gyms and even home furnishings can help achieve fitness goals without the time commitment of exercising outside the home.
Sanus Ships AV Stand
March 27, 2012
Sanus said this week that it is shipping the Basic Series BFV348 AV Stand. The stand features removable back panels, a vented shelf and adjustable shelf.