Better-looking televisions and electronics come out of the armoir, into the room’s design


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Home electronics design has come a long way from the boxy tube TV and giant loudspeakers of yesteryear. Flat screens and panel TVs are already the standard choices, but today’s savvy hardware makers are taking a lot more into account than just the thinness of a TV and the fact it can be mounted on a wall.

The consumer electronics industry had already come to accept the idea that women play a significant role in approving a large electronics purchase. That was called the “wife acceptance factor.” Now companies are beginning talk about the role designers play in whether or not consumer electronics are allowed into the home.

Enter the “designer acceptance factor.”

This was the phrase used by Jennifer Bernards, a marketing manager at Runco, makers of high-end home theater equipment. When I spoke with Jennifer at an event for custom electronics installers, she was enthusiastic about new product designs, but also about the new ways hardware manufacturers are interacting with the design community. “Designers are creative people who deal with technical constraints. They are the voice of the customer,” Bernards said. “We used to have the ‘wife acceptance factor’; now it’s the ‘designer acceptance factor’.”

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