CEDIA Expo opens on a Denver high
Leszinske also cited three key platforms that while important now, would only grow in importance to installers’ businesses: high-definition DVD, set-top boxes and PCs; “standards will eventually allow these three different islands to connect. And consumers will need both installers -- and advisors -- for all this equipment.” He also predicted that the home automation segment of business would grow to encompass consumers’ desire to manage the home both from within and from outside -- and this would extend to business opportunities in future that touched on both energy management and the health-monitoring of the elderly. He cited statistics showing that by 2050, 21 percent of the U.S. population would be over 60 years old. “Homes must become the site for the delivery of health care,” he said.
Conversely, show management is making a special effort here to cater to the young-installer element in attendance; among other events, the after-hours edgeX party, featuring the Denver Nuggets cheerleaders and a henna tattoo artist, was planned for the show’s first night in the trendy lower downtown Denver area at the LoDo nightclub.