CEDIA's Tech Council Podcast

A 30-minute roundtable discussion on issues surrounding new and emerging tech and how it relates to the CEDIA channel (primarily residential applications of “smart home” devices and networks).
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Jan 26, 2018

"We're getting closer to having enterprise-grade security available for every home." -- Mike Maniscaclo

The co-founder of Ihiji joins CEDIA's Walt Zerbe and Ed Wenck to talk about the connected home of 2018 from a network guru's perspective. Brought to you by

Jan 19, 2018

"Don't automate things people like to do." The paradox of choice. Devices making us dumber. These are all dangers noted when one walks the CES floor, but there's good news here, too -- especially when technology helps the disabled or monitors one's health. Geoff Meads joins CEDIA's Dave Pedigo, Walt Zerbe, and Ed Wenck for this one, brought to you by

Jan 12, 2018

"Just because you can, doesn't mean you should." Walt Zerbe wraps up CES 2018 with Gordon van Zuiden, Mike Maniscalco, Geoff Meads, and Rich Green.

Jan 11, 2018

CES saw a power outage on Wednesday, but that didn't keep CEDIA's Walt Zerbe from taping with Geoff Meads, Guy Singleton, Rich Green and Peter Aylett. (Spoiler alert: High-end audio geeks will love this episode.)

Jan 10, 2018

Is the end user getting overwhelmed with smart stuff? CEDIA's Walt Zerbe is joined by Geoff Meads, Rich Green, and Peter Aylett to recap Day Two of CES.

Jan 9, 2018

Rich Green and Peter Aylett join CEDIA's Walt Zerbe to review Day One at CES, including the Intel keynote address.

Jan 5, 2018

CEDIA's headed to Orlando for Design and Construction Week. CEDIA's Senior Director of Industry Relations Dave Chic fills us in on the association's outreach to builders, architects, and interior designers there and elsewhere.

Dec 11, 2017

Nope, this isn’t about the cult film! In this episode, CEDIA Board Chairperson (and President of the Erskine Group) Dennis Erskine and Anthony Grimani, President of PMI, Ltd (and more audio bona fides that you can list) join Walt Zerbe to talk about home theater room design. Gear is great, but in the wrong room, the experience will suffer mightily.

Dec 1, 2017

CEDIA stalwarts Guy Singleton and Ken Erdmann join Walt Zerbe and Ed Wenck to talk power management (and jobsite nightmares).

Nov 24, 2017

In this episode first broadcast in April, Dave Pedigo and Ed Wenck from CEDIA® HQ had a chat with Michael Heiss, Tech Council stalwart and one of our TV and video experts who's long been of fixture of the association. Mike dug into the intricacies of the next generation of broadcast (yep, as in over-the-air) television, ATSC 3.0. (It's gotten the FCC green light.)

Nov 17, 2017

Eric Bodley, President and CEO of Future Ready Solutions and Bodley and Associates, (and 2017 CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award winner) joins CEDIA's Dave Pedigo, David Meyer, Walt Zerbe, and Ed Wenck to talk cables and HDMI.

Nov 10, 2017

A.I.: Two little letters -- and a universe of implications.

Rich Green, Alex Capecelatro (, and CEDIA’s Walt Zerbe and Ed Wenck discuss the opportunities – and dangers – presented by artificial intelligence (A.I.) for the home tech industry and beyond. (Spoiler alerts: Yes, machines can become paranoid, and yes, your Fitbit knows who you’re being intimate with.)

Some books and articles are mentioned in the discussion, including:

Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy

by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel

Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?

by Michael J. Sandel

Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

by Max Tegmark

“How to Regulate Artificial Intelligence,” NY Times, Sept. 1, 2017


Nov 3, 2017

SMPTE's held their annual conference, and we've got the info on what's next when it comes to 8K, HDR, ATSC 3.0 and more -- and how it's definitely going to impact your business.

Oct 27, 2017

Julie Jacobson (CEDIA Fellow and CE Pro Editor) joins Walt Zerbe and Ed Wenck for an overview of what the Council's all about: How the Council acts as an "early warning system" by identifying tech that can create both challenges and opportunities, and what's on the Council's radar right now.

Oct 20, 2017

The KRACK Attack. Breach insurance. The non-binary nature of cybersecurity. All of that's covered -- as well as what FIREFX's Larry Allhands experienced during the Houston floods as a member of the Texas National Guard.

Oct 6, 2017

Michael Heiss joins Dave, Walt, and Ed to unpack the latest gadgets and notions from Google, Amazon, and others -- and talks about selling experiences as opposed to stuff.

Sep 22, 2017

Seven candidates have been nominated for the CEDIA Board. We asked each candidate the same questions (with time limits on their answers) -- here are their responses. Voting for the CEDIA Board of Directors ends Oct. 16, 2017. Find more info at

Sep 15, 2017

Friday's Talks included Henry Clifford on "selling to the customer's pain points," Futuresource Consulting's research on the custom industry, and Jay Miller on working with architects, builders and designers. we also check in with Mike Maniscalco on the CEDIA classes he was teaching, and Walt Zerbe weighed weighed in with some big-picture thoughts.

Sep 8, 2017

Enjoy highlights from CEDIA's Talks at CEDIA 2017, including Laura Mitchell on aging in place, Joe Whitaker on guerrilla marketing, Rich Green on AR, VR, and MR, Sam Woodward on lighting, and Dave Pedigo on some fresh industry research.

Sep 1, 2017

Same Woodward of Lutron dives into lighting, new advances, all the acronyms -- and the stuff he blew up as a Hollywood special effects expert!

Aug 25, 2017

Peter Aylett (Archimedia) and Christiaan Beukes talk with CEDIA's Walt Zerbe and Ed Wenck about selling the "experience" of tech as margins on gear get thinner and GAFA gets bigger. (This one even has a few sales tips from Mr. Aylett himself.)

Aug 18, 2017

Mike Mansicalco of Ihiji digs into all the trials and opportunities presented by remote monitoring, troubleshooing, and the recurring revenue these services can provide. He's joined by hosts Ed Wenck and Walt Zerbe of CEDIA.

Aug 11, 2017

Nathan Holmes, Technical Trainer at Access Networks, joins CEDIA's Dave Pedigo, Ed Wenck, and Walt Zerbe to talk about the issues facing integrators as residential networks grow more complex.

Aug 3, 2017

Peter Aylett (Archimedia) and Alan Sircom (Hi-Fi+ magazine) hit CanJam and came back with a wealth of knowledge on the most personal of listening devices. They share their info with CEDIA's Walt Zerbe and Ed Wenck.

Jul 28, 2017

The hub is dead! Long live the hub! CEDIA's Walt Zerbe and Ed Wenck are joined by Mitchell Klein (Z-Wave Alliance) and Avi Rosenthal (IoT Consulting) to talk about the "hub" -- that "traffic cop" that allows devices to communicate.

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