Housewares Show Seminar to Cover "Internet of Things"

InternationalHomeHswShow2014ROSEMONT, Ill.-A seminar titled "The Internet of Things at Your Door: The Connected Home Goes Mainstream" will take place on March 16 during the International Home + Housewares Show.

According to a definition from McKinsey & Co., the "Internet of Things" involves embedding sensors and actuators in objects and linking them through wired and wireless networks, often using the same protocol that connects the Internet. The seminar will detail how to take advantage of the growing "Internet of Things" trend. Other topics will include whether 2014 is the year in which connected homes go mainstream, is there a saturation point of what is "smart," what are the benefits of making "smart" products for both the consumer and the manufacturer, and the challenges of being connected.

The seminar will be moderated by Rich Brown, executive editor of CNET, and will include Ohad Zeira, director of product management for WeMo at Belkin; Lori Gonzalez, vice president and general manager of Jarden Consumer Solutions; Melissa Behm of MindsView Innovation; and Sharon Franke, director of kitchen appliances and technology at Good Housekeeping.

The seminar will begin at 7:30 a.m. in room S100/Grand Ballroom in the South building of McCormick Place, where the show will take place.


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