Novi Home Show features new home products, innovative ideas and a robot

Showcasing home and landscaping trends for 65 years, The Novi Home Show offers home improvement products and services for every type of project imaginable, decorating and landscaping exhibits as well as experienced businesses available for consulting or hire.

The show, Oct. 13-15 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, features a variety of exhibitors including siding professionals, landscapers, builders, kitchen and bathroom remodelers, waterproofing experts, countertop installers, basement refinishers and much more.

One of the highlights of this year’s show will be an appearance from Boyce Thompson, author of “The New, New Home,” who will be demonstrating innovative new home products for 2018, many of them easy for homeowners to install.

Thompson says one of the more popular topics of discussion at these home shows has to do with the security of connected home products.

“This fall I’ve been bringing a product called CUJO,” he said. “A lot of people are worried about getting hacked and CUJO is a smart firewall that gives you the same type of security in your home that you would find in a business.”

From smartphones to laptops, CUJO secures all devices against hacks and web threats. CUJO also allows homeowners to control what their children access online and keep them safe.

While at Novi, Thompson will demonstrate his picks of the Top 10 innovative products for the home and featuring these cutting-edge technology home help products in a special area at the show.

Some of the innovative items Thompson will be showcasing include the Ohmni robot, with artificial intelligence (AI). Featuring a screen for a “face” this telepresence robot offers personal connection to older parents or loved ones when you can’t be there, via real time video chat. Novi Home Show attendees will be among the first in the country to see the life-sized robot in action.

Other products Thompson will highlight include:

Auto-mow: An automower from Husqvarna works much like a robot vacuum cleaner, but for your yard. Controlled from your smart phone, this automated lawn mower will get the job done without any pushing on your end.
Smart valves: Cutting-edge sensors that detect leaks and shut off gas and water valves while alerting you via a smart phone.

Audio speaker lights: These speakers from Sony are actually LED lights doubling as Bluetooth speakers.

Oven knows best: Imagine an oven that recognizes what you placed inside and adjusts time and temperature accordingly and perfectly. This counter-top convention oven does just that.

Attendees at the Novi show also can tour multiple manufactured home models featuring gorgeous open floor plans, incredible kitchens and luxurious master baths from Michigan Manufactured Housing Association member manufacturers.

What: The Novi Home Show
When: Oct. 13-15 (Friday 2-8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Where: Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi
Tickets: Adult admission (ages 13 and over) is $10; seniors (ages 55 and over) is $9; and children ages 12 and under admitted free. Parking not included in ticket price. Special “$5 after 5” admission pricing on Friday and Saturday.
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