2023 Brings Product Launches, New Trends, and a Brand New Conference Year

Shake the dust off of 2022 and step boldly into the New Year! Home tech is trending, brands are poised for new product launches, and it’s a brand-new conference year. Here’s what’s hot going into 2023.

Trends, Predictions, and Stats for 2023

The global smart home market is expected to exceed $170B by 2025. The majority of smart home consumers (77%) are younger than age 55, though new markets for families aging in place may soon bump that number up. And even though the market has recently seen challenges, 78% of potential home buyers said they would pay extra for a smart home. Further, an estimated 57% of US consumers are projected to adopt smart home tech by 2025.

Voice-activated and hands-free AI has been steadily gaining in the home tech marketplace. Assistants like Alexa, Smart Things, and other intuitive platforms have made maintaining the home a breeze. 2023 promises more voice shopping features, improved home system integration, and even more versatile interfaces. Smart appliances have gained as well, and are expected to make a great showing during this year’s conference and trade show seasons. 

Samsung’s New 2023 Neo QLED, MICRO LED, and OLED TVs Optimize Form and Functionality

Samsung, on January 4, unveiled its new QLED, MICRO LED, and Samsung OLED lineups ahead of CES 2023. This year’s lineup focuses on enhanced connectivity and personalized consumer experiences, with more intuitive technology than ever before. Samsung’s 2023 Neo QLEDs also go beyond a clear picture, with AI deep learning technology to analyze and apply real-time High Dynamic Range (HDR) effects on Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) content, making SDR content brighter and livelier. The new QLED now connects to Smart Things automatically thanks to a module installed directly into new TVs.

Smart Things connectivity now allows users watching the same content to enter live chats (Chat Together) with one another, ConnecTime allows for large-platform video calls, and 3D Map View will allow users a bird’s-eye view to control and monitor all connected devices inside their homes.

Scintillatingly Wireless Audio and Video from LG

The LG M3, a 97-inch OLED M, released on January 4, is the world’s first consumer TV with Zero Connect technology, allowing it to display 4K audio and video wirelessly with no impact on quality. LG’s Zero Connect box, which sits away from the TV, accepts all its HDMI connections. The audio and video signals from these inputs are then wirelessly transmitted to the OLED, allowing for a completely unplugged 4K experience. And thanks to the One Wall Design of the LG, the TV can be flush mounted to the wall, heightening a room’s aesthetic.

Likewise, a selection of LG’s newest soundbars – the SC9 and SE6 – which will be available for viewing at CES, will seamlessly integrate with compatible LG TVs. In addition to providing a fully wireless audio link to compatible LG TVs, the speakers and TV will then coordinate with each other to provide fully immersive sound using all available speakers. A second new feature is the ability to access the soundbar’s settings through the TV rather than the small, limited menu on the soundbar. These two soundbars hope to be gamer-approved as well due to their variable refresh rates, auto low-latency mode, and 4K functionality.

Winter 2023 Trade Show Promises an Exciting Home Tech Year

ISE (Integrated Systems Europe) is taking place January 31 through February 3 at the Fira, in Barcelona, Spain, and features over 900 exhibitors. This year, ISE welcomes 120 new exhibitors that provide systems integration, smart home automation, audio, smart tools, and more.

As an ISE presenter, Crestron will introduce Sightline, a remote/hybrid video conferencing system that vastly improves upon popular platforms, will present solutions for the hospitality industry, and will highlight improvements on Crestron Home OS with integrations focused on enhancing users’ health and well-being. 

Also at the show, JBL Synthesis, Revel Speakers, FOCAL, Stewart Audio, and Yamaha will present audio solutions, and Lutron, Basalte, and Legrand AV will showcase smart lighting controls.

Responsive Living, the term coined by Acoustic Architects founders, Aaron Flint and Spencer Hauldren, is the concept of seamlessly enhancing the client’s unique lifestyle using smart home technology. Responsive Living allows you to interact with your space via touch input, voice command, and predictive automation, placing you in full control of your home.

If you would like to learn more about integrating new systems into your smart home system, feel free to connect with us. We will be happy to schedule a demo with you.

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