CEDIA Roundtable: The Future of the Specialty CE and Integration Markets
Stein: The factors shaping technology development are being driven by converging movements. One is the move to the smart, connected, versatile device—the tablet or the phone, Android or iOS. Those two ecosystems are driving almost everything right now with the exception of the intersecting one, which is the smart, connected TV. The TV is between those, eventually becoming smarter and being able to run standardized apps, so that every TV won't be a totally walled garden.
I've heard the rumor that Apple would release a TV for five years running now. I think it'd be a great thing to shake up the TV industry. I think it would create a cycle of innovation like we haven't seen in quite some time; the same thing that is happening in the tablet space.
The trends, driving forward, center around the personal device and connecting that personal device to your home in meaningful ways, beyond your personal space and into your near space. It's the connectivity and interaction with other devices on the network, and that's really where all the innovation is going to be happening over the next few years within the residential space. Look at the number of people who've announced AirPlay devices, and it's only a six-month-old technology. It's pretty astounding how much market traction that's getting in such a short time.