Unfortunately Paragon was unable to jet over to Florida for the week but InfoComm 2013 was still filled to the brim for its largest show ever, with over 35,000 through the doors. Although many of our better known brands such as Vivitek, Draper and NEC were in attendance, it was newer products that caught our eye in the various launches shared.
One press preview that stood out was over on the DLP stand, where a hybrid technology consisting of a short throw projector and a multi-touch display prototype created a fully interactive screen on any surface. The 3,000 lumen projector uses sensor technology to connect the two together however there was no implication of market possibilities anytime soon.
Black Box’s digital signage players aren’t products we had personally heard of before but perhaps this is because their Q series stands for “quiet”. The fanless media players used a finned design instead, including a heat sink to avoid overheating without the noise.
4K still seems to be one of the main buzzwords for 2013 and while many are still getting to grips with the concept, Planar Inc. have taken their LCD product line a step further with multi-touch and multi-user capabilities. Being one of the first of its kind to combine collaboration with the ultra-high resolution, the image clarity and multiple touch points create an ideal solution for way-finding, product catalogues and interactive digital signage.
If you are interested in 4K, interactive touch screens or any other new products on our Tech Zone, please feel free to contact us.
As if the Tobacco Dock in London was not enough in respects of a great venue, the content displayed within its old fashioned frame makes for an enlightening day, in which the power of audio-visual proves it’s stronger than ever. The NEC Showcase’s fifth year of collaborating with other big manufacturers sees a serious upgrade in the retail and education sectors; however the event covers every angle including corporate, transport, media, leisure, healthcare and control. Each room had live demonstrations of new innovations so that you could experience the technology hands on, with visitors from round the world receiving live tours around the vast displays. From the word go you enter the electronic world, with a immersive tunnel that uses rear projection to create an engaging walkway.
Amongst all of this, there was also conferences and seminars as well as a dance troupe who were demonstrating a 4K workflow and were being filmed for playback on a 4K videowall and other 4K technology including a laser projector and using a 5K camera. 4K was seen elsewhere in the venue including NEC’s new 4K laser projector and a UHD 4K videowall. 3D had its own area, which proves this technology will continue to evolve, however it was kept purely for leisurely activities at this event.
The education room concentrated on collaborative learning including DisplayNote software, which we have touched on previously here. Digital signage within the schools and universities were pushed with AMX’s latest control panel proving anyone can keep the system up to date (blog coming soon).
The retail section was probably the most popular, due to so many interactive displays that brought to life many concepts we have been hearing so much about, yet haven’t tried out for ourselves. This included large touch screen menus, virtual changing rooms and audience analytics (blogs to come soon).
Congratulations to NEC on the event and make sure to keep an eye out for more in depth product spotlights coming soon on the Tech Zone.
With the projection industry continuing to shine brighter after a continual advance in technology, our team visited RGB Communications to keep up to date with the latest products. Drew Rogers, a product specialist for projection, helped breakdown the pros and cons of each technology including DLP, 3 chip DLP and LED as well as the more upmarket LCoS systems. With products from NEC, Barco and Canon, some of our staff were shown demonstrations on the increases in resolution and quality available from each projector.
However, RGB do not just supply projectors. Covering an array of equipment including mounts, VC systems and control systems, their latest product that caught our eye was the Savant control system. Using an Apple device, this home automation system could also be used in a corporate environment, and with everyone owning an iPad, Savant is bound to become a favourite, as it has already proven popular in hotels. Keep an eye out for a blog coming soon on this product.
Thanks again to Drew and the rest of the RGB team for such an informative day.
Midwich’s technical division True Colours joined forces with many of their manufacturers on Friday to cover all aspects of a technology that continues to get bigger and bolder – the video wall. With multi-display systems continuing to spread throughout sectors other than corporate and education, the distributors bought together Dexon, NEC, Exterity, Peerless AV and AMX to discuss all elements of the technology at the Runnymede Hotel in Egham, UK.
Iain Campbell, Sales Director at True Colours, opened the morning explaining that video walls can be used for more than just digital signage, as they have personally dealt with the army and banks, proving its use in centralising monitoring. With this array of opportunities, video wall sales are expected to reach 12,800 this year, with that increasing further to 16,700 in 2014. There are certain factors which are imperative to creating a successful display system and many clients may not realise this. Dexon were on hand to explain their latest wall controller technology which offers an easy input. NEC had a wide range of screens on display with very narrow bezels and advanced fan technology to avoid overheating and prolong life usage, including the 3×3 display being used for the presentation.
With IPTV becoming a popular part of digital signage and therefore video walls as well, leading networkers Exterity provided a lesson in how internet television can be streamed across a building without using up all your bandwidth. AMX’s Jeremy Slater provided a success story to demonstrate how key personalised control systems can be for large displays, while more recent recruit Peerless AV brought mounting to the foreground, as many clients forget the importance of a secure and adjustable bracket.
After LG’s 3D video wall grabbing so much attention at ISE this year, it’s apparent that 2013 could be the year for the video wall, so if you would like more information on how it could benefit your company, please do not hesitate to contact us.
NEC’s Competence Day has become an annual event around Europe, and this year Paragon Multimedia attended the Berkshire event hosted by the established audio-visual suppliers. The day, which was separated into video walls, new digital signage, projection innovations and offices of the future included demonstrations, presentations and information on what to expect in a few years’ time from NEC, and indeed, the whole audio-visual industry.
One of the key factors which arose throughout the sessions was power saving and eco-friendly displays which are likely to continue improving in the next couple of years. A variety of monitors that were on display in the “Office of the Future” had 23 Watt power consumption, which is a decrease compared to other brands, however NEC hope to be slimming down and ahead of the game to as little as 5 Watts by 2014.
NEC believes that multi-touch monitors will also soon become the norm and with the support of Windows 8, the concept of a mouse and keyboard may not even be known by future generations. Their 4K display is still in the works; however high costs and bandwidth problems mean that it won’t be a popular choice at the moment, unless you are in graphic design, thanks to its large depth of colour.
WiDi (Wireless display) was also discussed, and with the help of Intel, the industry will be able to improve the capabilities of an open office, with limited cables and a Cloud service that could connect monitors as well as data. Monitors on show at the presentation also featured CPUs which were attached to the back of the screen, saving room and electricity compared to your usual tower.
OLED and head mount displays are real insights into the future of technology, so make sure to keep an eye out for more news on this later on. It’s fair to say the working environment is bound to continue evolving and like other big, international names, NEC are keeping up with what is desired by large companies.
Coming soon: Information on NEC’s EA294WMi monitor.
This may be the third NEC Showcase; however it is also apparently the largest with almost 1,000 visitors and this year we were one of them. The O2 arena was crowded as suppliers, partners and techies passed through the darkened maze, augmenting the bright future of technology. The arena was conveniently separated into nine zones: DOOH; Education; Professional Office; 3D and Leisure; Innovation; Colour; Healthcare; Transport and Retail, keeping the visitors on their toes with what there was to see.
NEC’s big name partners such as Intel, Smart and U-Touch amongst others were displaying throughout the zones, with eye catchers of the day including Wonderworks 3D ‘Pepper Ghost’ holographic display to welcome guests at the entrance. Another large display was a dome projection of the night sky, however not all products were lucky enough to have the space to show off, due to such popularity this year.
After attending the showcase, it’s just more proof that audio-visual is getting closer to world domination, especially seeing as the Transport and Retail zones were only debuting this year and are still full of innovation. There is so much to cover, so keep an eye out for particular products that caught our attention on the blog.