Sunday, 7 February 2016
RESIDENCES ET AL: CHAPTER 2 (EPILOG). THE IMM AFTER EFFECTS-THE SMART HOME EXHIBITION (by LivingInteriors)
The UK “Sunday Times”, on the article about digital television signed by M. Bore, back in October 1998- clearly stated that we are heading “to the future online,(with a common server at home), but we must remember that converting from analogue to digital (transmission) is simply a switch in the delivery mechanism and without some other changes is going to be unnoticed”.
Almost 20 years later, in the IMM fair in Cologne this year the Smart Home special event reflects the evolution on the principal above, launching a new domesticity era. Homes and apartments are becoming intelligent , through a series of devices, interfaces and applications, embracing the individual needs of the contemporary citizen’s lifestyle. “Automatic for the people” attitude, renewable and sustainable energy efficiency (electricity, gas, water), personal entertainment space, ergonomic comfort in a flexibly navigated surface, design and planning for the care of seniors or handicapped – the new HOME is designed cleverly as a hub of energy saving (therefore economically affordable), social care , creative preoccupation (time-saver) and maximum security against intruders.
The whole project is thriving with innovative ideas and solutions in lighting, heating and cross-platform programming in the home area, kitchen and bathroom utilities,- with companies involved such as Berling LED Vertriebs GmbH, BMW AG (except automobiles the company is a leader in renewable Biomass energy), Grohe, hfh Solutions/ lemon light Gmbh & Co. KG, Marentec Antriebs, Steuerungstechnik GmbH & Co. KG, MENNEKES Elektrotechnik GmbH & Co. KG, Miele & Cie. KG, Nolte Küchen GmbH & Co. KG, Paperflow, Rheinenergie AG, snom technology AG and Vodafone.
The whole attempt in the Smart Home niche can be proved a bit of a risk though for local industry, (despite patents/copyright strict protection laws in EU ), through the fact that IMM remains a trade fair essentially, with competition in the area of “smart technology", from its Asian rivals - India or China for example- the latter intensifying its commercial presence in the show this year.
For more information , videos and details on the presentations in Smart Home area-please check (or leave a message on the blog for further orientation):