“Technomenities”: The Pleasure-Tronics Trend at CEDIA ‘07
Custom installer Thomas Springler, owner of Audio Video Design Group, flew from Bergen County, NJ, to Denver to walk the CEDIA showfloor for one overarching reason, he says: “I’m always looking for something to make life easier.”
What Springler found at this year’s CEDIA conference was a manufacturing culture that’s not only ready to offer his customers practical, energy-saving or time-saving home control products, but one that’s becoming increasingly creative about linking customers to every pleasure in their neighborhood, all electronically.
Springler’s MDU customers, those living in condos or high-rise Manhattan apartment buildings, have the best chance of ordering up “technomenities” like pet sitting, dry cleaning pick-up and drop-off, valet services, and all manner of food delivery. Most manufacturers dreaming up hardware and software combos that hook up community-based services to homes are focusing on the MDU market right now.