CEDIA Expo 2022 is only a week away, and for anyone invested in health and wellness, it should be an exciting time. Technology’s prominence in the built environment has only been growing as of late, and with the provisions provided by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) there’s a good chance that’s going to continue. That, meanwhile, has led to a tremendous number of manufacturers, both newcomers and old mainstays, investing in wellness technologies for the home.
Even CEDIA itself has tilted its head in acknowledgement of technology’s growing capability to provide health, wellness and equity to building occupants. Last year’s WellCon provided an in-depth look into how much the category has grown in such a short time. While another WellCon isn’t in the cards for this year, there’s still plenty to look forward to at CEDIA Expo.
Natufia (Booth #30091)
Natufia is a multi-award-winning research lab specializing in smart gardens, and if that hasn’t caught your attention, what it’s bringing to its debut at CEDIA Expo will. The Natufia One is an evolution of their flagship product which aims to catalyze how people access fresh, sustainable food throughout the built environment, whether it’s in a home or commercial office setting.
The plug-and-play garden can grow up to 20 different leafy greens, herbs and vegetables at a time, while an automated watering and lighting system ensures a ‘never-ending supply’ of fresh, pesticide-free produce. According to the company, the process is so efficient, it can produce up to one full head of lettuce every other day without missing out on any nutrients in the product.
K-Array (Booth #26081)
K-Array has been in the audio industry for over 30 years, and it’s the company’s commitment to aiding others through audio that led it to create K-Scape. Combining full-spectrum tunable LEDs with three woofers in a linear architectural solution, its flagship RAIL is an incredibly unique answer to creating more beneficial environments.
The high CRI and functionality of the lighting make it perfect for circadian lighting applications, while the sound distribution make it ideal for developing immersive soundscapes. Moodsonic, whom we’ve covered on the site before, picked up the product to deliver its biophilic audio solution in the offices at JLL.
RePure (Booth #3049)
Another newcomer to CEDIA Expo, RePure has been in the custom integration business for a while as an educator and facilitator of wellness tech. Helmed by Michael Don Ham, a WELL AP, the company focuses on customizable air and water purification and filtration, provided through a variety of solutions partners. These solutions can then be directly monitored, adjusted and perfected through integrations. Don Ham himself is also a tremendous educator for newcomers into the category.
As for what RePure is bringing to the show: the company will be showcasing its new healthy home app, which, connects air and water monitoring from their solutions partners onto a comprehensive platform. In addition, RePure will be giving attendees the opportunity to get a hands-on look at its air and water purification solutions.
Orro (Booth #1035)
In the years it has been on the market, Orro has quickly risen to become a well-recognized and respected name in both the wellness and smart home categories. Starting off as a replacement for light switches that transforms traditional lighting into human-centric lighting, the Orro One has expanded over the years to become a powerful, intelligent control system.
Dozens of integrations, upgrades and partnerships over the years have helped elevate the original product, and its aesthetics make it a nonintrusive upgrade design-wise for all the functionality it brings. The company has also streamlined the lighting aspect in the Orro S, while also providing an even simpler and more affordable option to have on installs.
Swidget (Booth #5043)
Swidget can be many things. First it can be an outlet or a light switch, but past that, it’s up to whatever the homeowner needs. That’s because Swidget is a modular solution that works by swapping out various plug-ins to provide extra added functionality to whatever they’re installed placed in.
An air quality and humidity sensor to control the associated fan? You got it. A motion sensor to control the lights? You got that. The company has even teased at plenty of other modules, such as an aromatherapy diffuser. We even wrote an article about them from KBIS 2022, so if you want to learn more about the product, you can check that out as well.
PantryOn (Booth #3048)
A unique solution, PantryOn helps users track and replenish some of the more vital foodstuffs in the kitchen through smart shelving. Once installed, the shelving syncs to an app on the user’s smart phone, and it can calculate how much food is left in a container, when something is about to expire and give updates, accordingly, helping homeowners to cut back on food waste.
The company also notes there’s account syncing, which allows separate users to view the status of food items on another’s shelves. While a seemingly nifty tool for family members out shopping, it can also help keep track of food supplies in an elderly relative’s abode.
AutoSlide (Booth #7043)
AutoSlide converts existing door and window systems to be automated and controllable via an app or smart home interface. As the name implies, it started off working for exclusively sliding doors, but a new solution, the AutoSwing aims to be able to automate regular swing doors, which matches the style more commonly found in households today.
It’s a simple and welcome addition to the offering that makes it more friendly to retrofits but can also make a home more accessible to elderly and disabled individuals. It even does so in a way that maintains keeps the home design intact, instead of transforming it to look more like a nursing home or hospital.
Just Scratching the Surface
There’s only so much that can be crammed into one article, and while we’d like to mention everyone, it can be difficult to give so many exhibitors their time in the spotlight. Delos, Panasonic Ecology Systems, Airthings, Crestron, Leon, Kohler, Broan-NuTone and much, much more will all be at the show, showcasing their offerings as they directly relate to wellbeing in the built environment. In all honesty, it’s great to have too many exhibitors to fit into one article; that just means things are growing for the better.