Houzz: CEDIA’s Thoughts on the Interior Design Showcase
For those who don’t know, Houzz is the brand-new online sensation for people looking to upgrade their houses, along with their home technology. It was first introduced at CEDIA 2016, and since then, a few dealers have expressed disappointment with a lack of success with Houzz. CEDIA’s solution comes in the form of a webinar, which will take place on November 2nd at 2:00 PM EDT.
CEDIA 2016’s Many Golf Simulators
Integrator and golfer Bill Maronet had a ball at CEDIA 2016, where he tried out all six of the golf simulators on display. All of them are roughly forty thousand dollars. Each one has impressive graphics and can accurately predict the actual results, as if you were hitting a real golf ball. Maronet's favorite? Full Swing.
Rental Pioneer Stephen Goot Dies at 73
Stephen Goot, the founder of Total AV Services (TAVS) passed away on September 13th after undergoing surgery. TAVS was founded in 1973, but had a large growth in the eighties. The convention services company, which is responsible for several techniques used by rental companies today, grossed over forty million dollars in revenue.
Bad Month for Samsung and Oculus Ends with Upgrade to Gear VR
Samsung’s Gear VR headset, powered by Oculus, may be one of the easiest and most popular ways to access virtual reality, but it reportedly drains battery life at a steady pace. One user complained that even on a charger, it “was losing 1% [battery life] every 30 seconds”.
This news is just the cherry on top of a scandalous month for Samsung. The company recently recalled the Galaxy Note7 when it became known that the phone could explode due to issues with the battery life. Some reports of exploding Samsung washing machines are also starting to surface.
Meanwhile, Oculus has faced one large controversy in the form of co-founder Palmer Luckey’s political views. Luckey was discovered as a secret founder of a pro-Trump political organization. The news prompted several virtual reality developers to threaten to quit their work on Oculus if Luckey didn’t step down. Luckey has not resigned, but he has issued an apology.
Hopefully things will start to look up for Samsung and Oculus.