Over the past few months, we’ve done some work covering technology certification bodies that have made it their mission to bring open interoperability to their respective markets. In particular, we’re talking about the Wireless Speaker and Audio Association (WiSA) and the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF). The former focuses on certifying products in the home entertainment/home theater space, while the latter has its sights set on the smart home and eventually the smart city.
Both WiSA and OCF had presences at CES 2018, through their own setups and via the booths of their members. And speaking with them both, CES has provided them the perfect platform to push their messages out to the broader consumer tech market.
Prior to CES WiSA announced its expansion into the gaming market by both signing Xbox on as a member of the association and helping Axiim introduce their Link product, which plugs directly into the Xbox One X, essentially turning it into a home theater hub. At the show, WiSA technical director Justin St. Clair explained that the organization has recently started to turn the corner from one that has had to market itself to the industry to help grow membership. Now, he said, the association has companies coming to them with the hopes of achieving their certification and becoming members of the organization. Similarly, OCF recently eclipsed the 400 member mark and has experienced an influx of companies approaching them as they seek to obtain the organization’s certification.