What a week. We’re fresh off of a few days spent inside the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center for our own CE Week trade show, and the feedback we’ve already received has been nothing but spectacular. For those of you watching who were there with us in New York City last week, thank you for spending a few days with us, and we hope you enjoyed the exhibits and conference program. For those who weren’t, don’t worry, we’ve got plenty to dive into to help catch you up on what you missed.
Let’s start with the Connected Design Home. Positioned prominently at the front of the River Pavilion when you entered the CE Week show floor, this truly one-of-a-kind experience brought to life the technology that improves the in-home living experience—and it did so in a way that allowed visitors to see those products in their natural environment. Granted, the experience was still confined by booth-styled walls, you would be doing a major disservice to this experience by calling it a trade show booth.
Michael Restrepo, the lead integrator on the project, and a team of manufacturers, designers, show planners, and more, came together to bring an almost-fully-functioning home to life right in the middle of the CE Week show floor.
The 800-square-foot space featured vignettes that resembled an office, kitchen, bathroom, master bedroom, and living room, each of which was completely decked out with products and design elements from nearly 20 different “exhibitors.”
More than just an interesting way to showcase products, the home was a true testament to the companies who were willing and able to come together to create this kind of experience—competing business interests be damned.
Then there was the TV Shootout, which returned to CE Week for its 15th year. A panel of judges and professional reviewers looked at four of the industry’s top flagship TVs side by side, and against a reference monitor used by Hollywood filmmakers in an effort to crown the “king of TVs.” After an intense day looking at the sets under various conditions and projecting different types of content, Sony’s A9G Master Series 4K OLED TV was named the winner. Congrats to Sony, and to the other sets from LG and Samsung that were a part of the program—all of which scored very well in the competition.
And then, of course, we haven’t even touched on the conference program, which featured a keynote panel discussion on 5G’s impact on retail, some very early Black Friday pricing predictions, a panel on the 8K TV movement, connected car content from the Mobile Electronics Association, a discussion on mentoring from some of our Powerful Women in consumer technology, and more. Be sure to check back soon for recordings of each session, which we’ll post right on our website.
But again, we just want to take a moment to thank those who were there with us, exhibiting product, walking the show floor, speaking on our conference stage, and covering all of the happenings at CE Week. We look forward to seeing you again next year!