IBS and the TecHome of Tomorrow

What will be showcased for the TecHome of tomorrow at NAHB IBS this year?
The TecHome of 2016 will undergo a revolution that’ll likely change the way builders do business, and this year’s International Builders’ Show (IBS) will prove a significant showcase for this industry shift.

We saw a monumental change in the growth of the smart home industry in 2015—advancements in solar, home energy storage, HVAC solutions and certainly IoT-driven, home automation technology.

But the true question remains: What comes next?

IBS is sure to offer a sneak peak. For now, industry leaders are weighing in on the defining factors of this shift, including client demands and new industry trends.

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Staying Connected

Virtual reality will begin to integrate into TecHome entertainment.
Virtual reality will begin to integrate into TecHome entertainment.

Staying Connected 

“It appears the driving force in the smart home of today is connectivity,” says Barry Hensley, general manager of NorthStar Luxury Homes.

“Residents want information, photos, video, music, etc. at their fingertips.”

Hensley believes there will be a significant growth in the popularity of streaming services for at-home entertainment, such as Hulu and Netflix, and therefore a rise in connected entertainment devices such as the Apple TV, Roku or Google Chromecast. Including these in TecHome packages will likely become more of a standard practice for builders.

With the release of Oculus Rift virtual reality software during the first quarter of 2016, the shift in premier at-home entertainment may reach even greater heights if builders include these in packages.

Connected devices will prove popular at IBS this year, with A/V products, virtual gaming and high speed network systems leading the charge in new and improved home entertainment options.

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About The Author

Greg Vellante is a staff writer and multimedia specialist at TecHome Builder, as well as a content coordinator for AE Ventures events. He has over a decade of experience writing for various publications on topics that range from cinema to editorials to home technology. His favorite technologies fall into the A/V and home entertainment realm, and he’s keeping a close eye on the rising trends in robotics and virtual/augmented reality. Greg resides in Boston, holds a degree in Media Studies from Emerson College and pursues screenwriting/filmmaking in his free time.

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