I spent last week at InfoComm14 in Las Vegas (I know, boo hoo for me). This was my second year attending the conference on behalf of Hanson. InfoComm bills itself as the largest professional AV show in the world, and I find it a great way to get exposed to current and new technology all in one location.
Last month I visited “Design and Construction Week,” the combination of the NKBA Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas. I was particularly interested in connected technology in the home, and wrote a report on the devices and services that help people control their environments. Now, as a follow up to that, this post highlights the smart appliances and fixtures that caught my attention.
A few weeks ago, I wrote a primer on the Internet of Things. Around the same time, I had the opportunity to attend the combined NKBA Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) / NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) Feb. 4-6 in Las Vegas. One of my goals at the show was to seek out internet-connected products/appliances/fixtures for the home, and see if anything looks really promising. By promising, what I was really looking for was “open connectivity” across all sorts of devices for the home directly from the big manufacturers that exhibit at these shows.
This week is NeoCon, the annual commercial interior design expo, and Hanson’s own Craig Hagenbuch and Chris Pollum are hoofing their way around the Chicago Merchandise Mart to give us a report. They’re checking out the thousands of new products for the corporate, hospitality, healthcare, retail and residential sectors, and keeping an eye on how all these innovative companies are using digital.
Trade shows have long served as a breeding ground for innovations and relationships. And while many brands and industries have spent decades perfecting their trade show strategies, social media is a relatively new addition to these strategies. As more companies continue to develop an active social presence, many are realizing that trade shows are great opportunities for social engagement. Here are a few reasons why.
KBIS, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, is the best place to experience the newest and coolest kitchen and bath products and technology. Every year, one or more Hansonites hit the show floor in support of clients exhibiting there. As their digital partners, we pay close attention to the technology used to support the products and draw visitors into the exhibits. Here are a few observations I made this year from the floor of Chicago’s immense McCormick Place...