It’s official—2016 has been dubbed the year of the smart home. And Coldwell Banker led the way for this major initiative in the smart home space at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show. Over 150,000 attendees from across the world (150 countries to be exact) gathered in Las Vegas to “talk tech” during this trade show and it’s safe to say that Coldwell Banker and CES took the consumer tech world by storm—particularly in the smart home arena.

Wondering what unraveled behind the scenes at the Coldwell Banker Smart Home Showcase? Below is an insider’s look into some of the home tech highlights at this year’s event.

A 360 Degree Video Home Tour

Talk about coming full circle. This year, Coldwell Banker debuted a one-of-its-kind 360 degree video tour of the home of New York Knicks legend, Patrick Ewing, who’s home is currently listed for sale with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. You can check out the video on Coldwell Banker’s YouTube channel here. You can also expect this video to be the first of many 360-degree videos that will showcase other smart homes their gadgets throughout the coming year.

Defining the Smart Home | An Insider’s Look

Many of you might be asking yourselves: “With all this talk surrounding smart home technology, what really constitutes a ‘smart home’?” Coldwell Banker CMO Sean Blankenship dove into the subject matter head on with a panel of experts during a “Selling Smart—Real Estate & The Smart Home” panel at CES last week.


Sean Blankenship, Danny Hertzberg and our friends from CNET, August, Lutron, and Nest

Among the panel highlights:

According to Lindsey Turrentine, Editor in Chief of CNET, a smart home has products connected to you and anticipates what you need. “Anything that makes your life easier is a smart home,” says Lindsey.

Another expert panelist, Linus Lundberg, Head of Enterprise Partnerships at Nest, had a slightly different take on what should be considered a smart home. He explained that consumers build a smart home over time by incorporating smart home products like a smoke detector or smart thermostat.

Coldwell Banker Independent Sales Associate Danny Hertzberg also chimed in to point out the changing demographics of smart homeowners. He revealed that while the younger and more affluent consumers were the initial adopters, smart home technology is becoming more affordable and therefore more accessible to people of all ages and incomes.

Must-Have’s For Your Smart Home

In addition to hosting our own booth and being the only real estate company to sponsor and speak at CES, Coldwell Banker also got the opportunity to check out some of the latest and most innovative smart technology for your home and life.


David Marine, VP of Brand Engagement at Coldwell Banker, getting the low-down on the LG OLED 4K TV.

Check out a few of our “dream” gadgets below.

  • 4K TV’s: You’ll never need to go to a movie theater again with this TV…coming in at the top of our list is the 4K TV. Displaying 4,000 pixels, (keep in mind that the average high end HD TV displays 1080) this TV is the stuff dreams are made of. This year, 4K content on subscription services from Netflix, Hulu and more will be available, which is sure to make for an unforgettable and immersive experience. Ready to join the 4K revolution? Learn more here.
  • Tagg Tracker: Want to see what your fur baby is up to while you’re out of the house? With the Tagg Tracker app, a GPS system attached to your pet’s collar will allow you to keep a close eye on your pet—even while you’re on the go. This gadget even allows for you to configure boundaries for a “safe zone”, provides alerts if they step outside of this area and monitors their health and physical activity. Talk about staying connected. Need this gadget? Purchase it here.
  • Panasonic Magic Mirror: Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the smartest of them all? It looks like the Panasonic Magic mirror will be stealing the title for this year. Making its stamp on the future of makeup, fashion and beauty at home, this mirror allows you to virtually try on different looks without going through the tedious process of buying the makeup and having to put it on. Want to learn more about how this magic mirror works? Click here.
  • Iris App: Say hello to the Iris App—a smart home feature that lets you control everything from your home with just the touch of a button. This “remote control for your home” created by Lowe’s allows you to connect to your home security, lighting system, doors, blinds and more for as low as $179 with the Lowe’s starting kit. Learn more here.
  • Family Hub Refrigerator: When was the last time you were at the store and couldn’t remember if you were out of milk or eggs? Wonder no more. Thanks to several cameras inside this fridge and a really cool app, you can take a peek while at the store. Check out all the cool features here.
  • Mercedes-Benz “Concept IAA”: Once your house is fully tricked out you’ll want to turn your attention to the garage. And how sweet would this “real life transformer” concept car from Mercedes-Benz look pulling into your driveway? Learn more about this shape-shifting car here.

For more behind the scenes action, check out our photo album on Facebook or search Twitter for #CESCB.

What smart home gadgets would you like to see more of? We’d love to hear from you. Let us know in the comments section below!

Featured photo: Budge S. Huskey, President and CEO of Coldwell Banker, doing some interviews to wrap up day 2 of CES. Photos courtesy of Coldwell Banker LLC.