During the first day of the Home and Housewares Show, I had an appointment with Panasonic beauty for a complementary blow dry by Jeremy Clark of Jeremy Clark Salon in Los Angeles. In addition to a new heat-styling tools that lock in moisture and seal the cuticle, so that the styling requires less product, Panasonic demonstrated the new future mirror concept, with a face scanning tool and virtual display of make up options.
This mirror felt super high-tech, and resembled the current technologies offered at boutiques in Manhattan that enable customers to select an outfit and even check out in the fitting room. These technologies are found in the Wired + Well section of the conference, apart from the Clean + Sustain. Dine + Design, and Global Crossroads, each offering products in those segments of the home industry.
On the second day of the home and housewares show, I had my hairstyle done by InStyler, a curling device made popular by infomercials. The hairstylist from gloss salon in the Gold Coast, styled my hair into a beach and wavy look.In the inventors lounge, I spoke with the winner of first place in the competition, about the fermata invention. Fermata is a device for monitoring the food intake of elderly family members and conveying this information to relatives through a small plant.
“Poetic health monitor for isolated grandmother,” the femata is a system to monitor the nutrition of elderly people that feel isolated or forgotten. The system involves a visual communicator, smart bracelet, and smartphone application. The spouts of the plant pot and water both rotate and the water only flows into the pot if the elderly person consumed enough calories, and hence the vitality of the plant over time measures the vitality of the person.
Blue Avocado hosted an ice cream social on Sunday during the show, and gave visitors their signature product in the form of small plastic pouches. These pouches are clear and can store small food items or toiletries, and then snap for closure. Pantone showcased it’s many color concepts in a main exhibition next to the Lakeside Center, with exhibits in the center showing varied color stories, like a vintage and old fashioned color story and another with an oriental, minimalist inspiration.
One theme captured by Pantone, the vintage inspired collection with soft pastels can be spotted throughout the show, with the vendors like Sencor debuting a new line of kitchen tools: mixers, scales, and toasters all in candy like colors. Pantone Universe created a series of color products for the home, workplace, and road, in partnership with Room Copenhagen.
One company, Sodastream has made it’s way from humble housewares show beginnings and into peoples homes, dispensing sparkling water at the touch of a button. Simply fill their provided bottles with filtered water, pop into the cylindrical machine, and push a button for a few seconds. Poof, you have effervescent, sparkling, carbonated water, in minutes of total preparation time. This Sodastream line just launched a new “Power” machine at the show, the most recent version as well as new fruit flavors for their flavor additives line.