Health and Wellness, Control and Let There be Light! CES 2018 Revisited!

By Maureen Jenson
Published on: January 26, 2018

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A few days back we were in Vegas, it already seems like eons ago, and as I mull over what I saw and heard, I cannot help but think about what products and services seem ready and exciting and some that are still in the future, or if ever …

What we have been reporting on for years feels solid, ready in the months or year ahead. Control systems, amazing audio, the next steps in video and lighting, I saw solid products that are ready now or soonish. Some of the categories I was most interested in seeing in 2018 were a bit more iffy AND will the general public embrace them?

One of these was digital health, there were tons of companies, showcasing really interesting technologies. One such company BewellConnect, the company that started with an accurate touchless thermometer, had a suite of healthcare services of which FDA-approved products are a component. The connected health devices are used to monitor a patient’s progress and send the information back to the physician, resulting in patients who should be then more educated and empowered to take an active role in their healthcare.

By using the BewellConnect app on your smartphone or tablet to track your vitals from all your BewellConnect devices in one single place seems like a no brainer, but, how will this all pan out? Will consumers and physicians embrace it? Will payers, providers and employers embrace it? In a country plagued by health care woes, we shall see, I hope so, it makes sense.

When it came to control and automaton, the Sands was the place to be for most of the manufacturers. Core Brands, a while back, announced it was merging with its sister security company under the corporate name Nortek Security & Control (NSC), I met up with Bill Hensley director of marketing, to discuss Elan as the first smart-home and entertainment controller to natively integrate with 2GIG’s popular GC3 security and control panel. Using the new Elan software, integrators can create a 3D rendering of their client’s home that will show the home’s status: lights on and off and doors opened and closed; this is a very cool new show and tell for the custom integrator to get in front of their customers!

Somfy is known for motorized blinds, shades, etc. They are branching out now into two areas that will definitely elevate the company.

Somfy’s new Amazon Alexa skill allows for voice control of all Radio Technology Somfy® (RTS) motorized products controlled by the myLink app, as well as scenes and schedules. A wide range of natural language commands makes controlling your motorized products intuitive. For example, open your living room shades by saying, “Alexa, tell myLink to raise living room shades.”

Explained Somfy’s Tracy Christmann, director of marketing North America, “Scenes and schedules set up in your myLink app are also easy to control with natural, easy-to-recall phrases. If you create a morning scene simply say, ‘Alexa, tell myLink to play Good Morning scene,’ and your shades will let in the morning sun. Or say, ‘Alexa, ask myLink to enable Goodnight schedule,’ and enjoy the wow factor of your easy to use automation.”

Somfy has also began its U.S. entry into smart home security with the Somfy Outdoor Camera that was awarded with a CES Innovation Award 2018. A customized voice alert will play when an unexpected person enters into the specified zone. If the intruder does not leave within a preset time, the built-in 110-decibel siren will sound. With SomfyVision technology, the camera can distinguish human movement from other types of movement, such as that of a pet or car. As an animal owner, this was of particular interest to me. That and this security outdoor camera system is of such a stylish and high quality design, I may need to see if Somfy needs an at home trial at my house!

I could write for days about CES 2018, but as they say, the following pictures are worth a 1,000 words and just the tip of the iceberg.


The Lutron booth was abuzz with info on their latest smart home lighting and shade solutions with key partnerships such as Apple, Google, Amazon, Nest, Sonos and more! 

Women in Consumer Technology’s Carol Campbell and the 2018 Honorees at the Women in CT Award festivities.

The gorgeous Sony 4k 85-inch TV…the 8K was there as well…in a separate room surrounded by the world’s media!

In the Lenbrook suite at the Venetian, HTSA’s Brian Hudkins and Jon Robbins, flank Stephen Baker, Lenbrook’s new sales senior director for the Americas.

Revel’s Kevin Voecks with his world-class Ultima 2 Loudspeaker.

Cleer’s Claude Schmidt during the company’s press conference as they revealed six exciting products including: the CES 2018 Innovation Awards Honoree, the EDGE Voice, a true-wireless headphone.  

ProSource’s Andy Orozco and Paradigm’s Keith Dowd and friends in the Paradigm suite.

Arcam’s Scott Campbell unveiled the company’s new three-strong HDA range that comprises the CDS50 SACD/CD player and SA10 and SA20 integrated amplifiers.


Patrick Gaffney and the JBL model 4312SE control monitor.

The LG 4K display, an engadget Best of CES 2018 Finalist.


GoldenEar Technology’s Sandy Gross and his new DigitalAktiv 3 speaker.

Emotiva’s Dan Laufman, Walter Schofield and PR Man par excellence Adam Sohmer.

Honeywell is advancing the state of security.

Going for that retro vibe, Patrick Shaughnessy shows off the Klipsch Forte.

Frankie Moreno and his band rocked the Gibson tent; it was the place to be!!!!


Maureen Jenson

Maureen Jenson

Maureen is editor-in-chief for the Technology Insider Group. She has been the editor-in-chief of Audio Video Interiors, Stereophile Guide to Home Theater, Home Theater, Technology Integrator, E-Gear and CEDIA’s Electronic Lifestyles Magazines. She is a CEDIA Fellow and IPRO Lifetime Achievement Award honoree.

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