The success of InfoComm is the result of the audio visual industry’s focus on quality education and product exhibits. This is definitely the show to exhibit at if you are a manufacturer or attend if your job is in the industry. Nowhere else will such vast amounts of information be available.
Len Calderone for | AVSystemsMag
Be sure to have a look at our Infocomm 2013 Special News Page for up to date news from the exhibitors at the shoe.
For all of you audio visual techies, connoisseurs, and gadget lovers, the show-of-shows is coming to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The conference starts June 8 and runs through the 14th, while the exhibits open on the 12th and run until the 14th. There will be 925 exhibitors, showing the latest and greatest in projectors, screens, video displays, sound systems, loudspeakers, conferencing solutions, streaming media players, control systems, switchers, signal management devices, networking gear, mounting solutions, racks, cables, connectors and much more.
Some of the special programs this year will be: Women in Technology Symposium; Digital Image Content in Live Event Production; CTS-I Prep; Business Leadership Workshop; Four new digital signage sessions; and Integrating AV Services in an IT Dominated World. The keynote address will be presented by Dr. Venky Shankararaman, entitled, “Emerging Technology Trends and Competitive Strategy.” In today’s economy, this is a “can’t miss” discussion.
Other program sessions will target industry essentials, such as “wireless trends,” which will teach you everything you've always wanted to know about RF, including discussions about wireless audio, mobile TV, and the latest developments in white space devices. This year’s glimpse into the future is even better than it has been in the past. Don’t miss the thought-provoking speakers and panels, all focusing on the new technologies you’ve come to the Show to see.
Last year, 7,000 people attended the Infocomm University Training to obtain usable knowledge in their job. Some of the courses cover audio visual technology and design, business and management, networked AV systems, and standards. Whatever job that you might have in AV, Infocomm has the help that you need to succeed.
In addition to the training that Infocomm offers, more than 26 manufacturers will be offering 90-minute courses, so that you get the most out of their products and services, from using the technology to applying it in a specific application. These are training sessions and not sales pitches.
There will be four technology pavilions specializing in audio, collaborative conferencing products, digital signage, and lighting/staging. These pavilions will give the attendee innovative solutions in one location on the show floor. Look for the tech zones, which feature specialized solutions, such as mobile apps, security solutions and digital content creation. And don't forget to visit the Crestron touch-screen design gallery at booth 2920.
Crestron V-Panel™ Integrated 15" Wall Mount HD Touchpanel
Of course, the main draw is the exhibits. Where else can an audio visual specialist see as many products all in one place at the same time? As usual there will be many new products at the show.
In Booth 3201, Califone will introduce their Wireless PresentationPro™ with a beltpack transmitter & headset mic. With an increasing number of schools installing projectors and interactive whiteboards in classrooms, there are connectors to simply plug in and go with high-quality sound. The PresentationPro is used inside or outdoors, portable or installed, hooked up to a computer, projector, media player, or for straight forward voice amplification.
If you visit booth 2531, Draper is showing nineteen new screen products, including an edgeless Clarion, with a viewing surface that wraps completely around the perimeter frame and attaches to the back side, so that the screen is solid white and perfectly flat with no visible frame or border.
Draper is also introducing video conferencing screens and backgrounds for when you need to convey a brand message, give your telepresence an air of professionalism, or even communicate more clearly between different branch offices. No matter the message or the artwork Draper Printed Backgrounds offer unlimited potential to enhance your telepresence and make it more effective.
Draper's video conferencing Camera Box recesses a camera in the wall, behind a hinged tempered glass door. Makes installing a videoconferencing camera quick and easy.
As you travel the exhibits, stop by booth 3159 to see the Aurora DXW-2E, which is a 2 gang multi-input Decora™ style wall plate with HDBaseT CAT extension. Its ability to convert VGA (YPbPr, S-Video, Video) with audio to HDMI locally and transmit the signal up to 600ft sets this unit apart from the competition. The sources are selectable with the buttons on the wall plate, or remotely via RS-232 commands sent through the matching receiver device.
With the D-fend SA-300 from Eminence Speaker LLC (booth 1171), there are no more worries about blown speakers, HF drivers or crossovers, or even worse, a fire caused by excessive heat. Not only does D-fend keep your system safe, but your venue and audience as well. The user simply sets the thresholds and D-fend monitors and limits the amount of input power it passes through to the loudspeaker.
The Barco DP4K-P postproduction projector is the world’s first 4K DLP projector that meets the high-performance demands for postproduction, archiving, restoration and 4K color grading. 4K is the highest projection resolution available today. You can see this projector at booth 2543.
By sure to visit Booth 338. Casio’s Dual Projection System combines two LampFree™ Signature Projectors and projects overlapping images onto a single screen with 6000 lumen brightness; approximately twice the brightness of a single projector. The Geometric Correction System aligns both images and this provides a sharper and brighter projection good for large screens in restaurants, pubs, and sports bars. This combo lasts 20,000 hours without changing lamps with power consumption less than 1 watt in standby mode.
The new miniaturized OmniCam from Fraunhofer HHI (Booth 5453) is a camera system for the real-time acquisition of 360° UHD panoramic video. Its scalable, mirror-based multi-camera rig is compact and easy-to-use, and can be used for capturing immersive ultra-high-resolution 3D video.
Henry Engineering will introduce at booth 559, a stereo "RCA-to-XLR" interface, which converts unbalanced "consumer" audio at -10 dBv to +4 balanced audio at +4 dBu. Being Bi-directional, it converts both inputs and outputs in stereo. It delivers exceptional audio performance and extended headroom with a built-in AC power supply.
Navitar’s high resolution NuView projection lenses replace the existing prime lens of a projector letting you use your projector in a variety of new applications. In booth 2443, Navitar is introducing the 498MCZ500 4.3-7.69:1 D:W Ratio NuView replacement zoom lens for Panasonic projectors.
The 3Play 4800 from NewTek is the only multi-camera live sports replay system that dramatically enriches the viewing experience for audiences, engaging stadium and online fans with slow motion, instant replay, in-game highlights and social media publishing in every game.
With the most complete real-time capabilities available in any multi-camera replay server, 3Play 4800 makes it possible for sports organizations in any market to produce a gripping live experience that attracts more audiences. Check this system out at booth 1993.
The Servoreeler Systems SRL-20CL1 in booth 827 consists of a precision servo operated mechanism that stores, deploys, retracts and positions suspended microphones and cable by remote control. Operation can be initiated by push-button control or by an external computer system such as Creston or AMX. Live microphones can be positioned, always preserving the complete integrity of the audio.
At booth 1491, Suitable Technologies, Inc. presents the Beam Remote Telepresence System, a comprehensive remote presence solution that empowers people to instantly travel around the world. Beam gives users the ability to move, speak, and interact with others as though they were really there. It delivers the most immersive and natural experience available. Representing years of research and development, Beam solves many of the problems associated with traditional video conferencing. Beam breaks through these limitations by liberating users from the wall, giving them mobility, a voice, and the freedom to interact on the same level as their peers.
Want to protect your TV from water, dust, impact and theft? Want to watch TV outside? The TV Shield universal full TV enclosure cabinet for LCD, LED and PLASMA TV's is the ultimate body guard that offers protection for TV’s from 19” to 60.” The TV Shield™ provides a clear view of your TV or flat panel display when the case is closed, and when in the open position will give you a direct view of your TV. You can find the TV Shield in booth 4775.
Ultratech International, Inc. (booth 4344) offers articulating pieces of flexible design curves, corners and s-curves, which are easily made while maintaining a completely flat profile. This modular design makes it easy to reconfigure, repair, and replace targeted segments, even while the cable remains connected. With the simple "snap in" assembly no tools or cutting is required. The assembled system (with cord in place) can be coiled for easy portability and transport. .
The success of InfoComm is the result of the audio visual industry’s focus on quality education and product exhibits. This is definitely the show to exhibit at if you are a manufacturer or attend if your job is in the industry. Nowhere else will such vast amounts of information be available. To learn more go to www.infocommshow.org.
Len started in the audio visual industry in 1975 and has contributed articles to several publications. He also writes opinion editorials for a local newspaper. He is now retired.
This article contains statements of personal opinion and comments made in good faith in the interest of the public. You should confirm all statements with the manufacturer to verify the correctness of the statements.
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