Best of InfoComm 2015
A View from a Design/Build/Integrator's Point of View
Orlando, FL- In no particular order, these were some of the more interesting and market relevant products that impressed us at InfoComm 2015. *Note: InfoComm is the world's largest Commercial AudioVisual tradeshow.
Planar DirectLight LED Video Wall
Wow. No bezels, Bright, and Stunning. While the pixel pitch of the wall is 1.6mm (there is also a 1.9, 2.5, & 3.1 option) which is approximately 3x the size of their 46" and 55" LED tiled panels, the clarity did not come across as significantly diminished as expected. The panels are touted for 24/7 use and seem to be ready for Control Room use with the correct processor (take a look at the Planar VCS, hint, hint). No doubt they are ready for the signage and presentation market today.
Digital Projection Insight 4K Laser Projector
Laser appears to be the future of projection and with the combination of 4K resolution, it doesn't get much better. Throw in the fact that DP is offering a 12,000 ANSI lumen model and you have quite an impressive display. Jaw dropping clarity and a maintenance free projector seems prettty enticing to the Control Room folks. We think it can be a great fit for those folks looking for 2x2 video walls on a larger scale without bezels.
Cambridge Sound Qt® Conference Room Edition
Not much to sound masking, huh? Think again. Cambridge Sound Management introduces their Conference Room Edition geared towards the higher-profile meeting spaces. When privacy is required, sound masking is a popular topic. Now, it has a sleek and user intuitive interface that blends in with the most impressive boardrooms. And the price point is pretty attractive, too.
Screen Innovations SLATE 0.8
There is no doubt these guys produce products that change the way users look at projection. Ambient light rejecting screen fabrics appear to be the new standard in commerical projection enviornments. Their signature Black Diamond line that was released several years ago is probably still the company's flagship product, but it had one inherent drawback- SIZE. That issue has been erased with SI's new SLATE 0.8 fabric. Standard sizes are now produced in diagonals up to 200" with larger options available upon request.
Crestron Digital Graphics Engine
Crestron seems to have a definitive advantage on 4K distribution solutions and they have the track record to prove it. The emergence of AV and IT continue to evolve, so it is no wonder the "Apple Innovators" of the AV world released AV receivers with streaming capabilities as well. Video seems to be moving more towards the streaming platform through managed switches and Crestron appears to have the solutions in place to support the movement.