CE Week Round Table: The Trade’s Takeaways
CE Week NYC last month drew the most diverse mix of show-goers ever in its multi-year history. Dealerscope canvassed attendees from the retailing, distributing and buying group CE sectors to find out what trends and products resonated most strongly for them—and what impact the show would have on their businesses. Here’s what they had to say. (Interviews by Nancy Klosek)
Dealerscope: What were the most interesting things you could learn there about innovative technology and product trends?
Ari Klein, VP of Purchasing, Datavision (N.Y.): 3D printing—that’s going to be huge in the coming year. You can make so many different things out of this little piece of plastic. It opens an entire entrepreneurship and a whole new way of manufacturing—ways to create different items. But 3D printing still needs to come down to the point where it’s a consumer-friendly price-point; right now, $1,000 is not really “friendly.”
There will still be huge growth in app-connected devices and accessories, we believe, and you could see the trend there. There were some speaker introductions at the show, too. One company, Korus, had a beautiful product in how it connects through your mobile devices. It can be connected throughout the house like Sonos; it was amazing, and its SKAA technology gives it an extra boost over Bluetooth.
Wearables also will be another huge thing continuing through the year and beyond, and there were so many booths with wearables there.