Jesse Akre, left, Amber Engine; Bob Bruns, Cozzia USA; and Jay Root, Furniture Sales of Mid-America.
AnnMarie Stenglein, left, Amber Engine; Jennifer Sova, International Home Furnishings Representatives Assn.; and Dean Horowitz, Progressive Business Media.
Carl Prindle, left, Erica Nolan and Lauren Flammia, Blueport Commerce.
Jennifer Gilbert, center, with Melissa Smith and Tom Lias, Gorman’s, Farmington, Mich.
Author, speaker and founder of Trendhunter.com Jeremy Gutsche revs up the crowd with his take on how to “Accelerate Innovation and Make Change Happen.”
Phil Kenney, left, Ecutopia; Kim Knopf and Paige Seadler, both of Innovative Mattress Solutions, Lexington, Ky.; and Jesse Akre, Amber Engine.
Lael Thompson, left, Broyhill Home Collections, Aurora, Colo.; Alex Macias, Del Sol Furniture, Phoenix; and Matt Huber, Belfort Furniture, Dulles, Va.
Here, Thompson and Macias try out the “Jedi” bed from Reverie, an early stage concept bed that will use brainwave sensing technology to measure sleeps stages “and react accordingly,” for example, adjusting when it senses discomfort.
In the long term, Reverie said the high tech bed could allow users to control the bed’s many features with thought. Insert your own “The Force” joke here. I like (in your best Darth Vader voice): “Luuuuke, I am … a snorer.”
Sam Bernards, left, of Purple; retailer Sigi Matthiasson, Svefn and Heilsa (translated Sleep and Health), Reykjavik, Iceland; and Lis Tan, Reverie.
The virtual reality panel was moderated by Jason Vazzano, left, of Vectorform, and featured Sam Sesti, Onu; Beck Besecker, Marxent; and Piotr Baczynski, Immersion. Virtual and augmented reality demos were also ongoing in the Tech Lounge.