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Visuals & Lighting Making Lasting Impact At InfoComm13

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

So a great first day is in the books at InfoComm 2013. The organization’s slogan of “Communicate. Collaborate. Connect.” applies as much to the various technologies and systems on display here as it does the professionals gathered to experience them all.

This show has not only been resilient over the years to trends – and attendees – coming and going, but it’s been extremely prosperous, attracting a steadily increasing and widening array of attendees and exhibitors from various fields. Lighting and staging are becoming increasingly present while more and more technologies from IT, security, and networking sectors seep into what’s traditionally been known as “A/V.” There’s no question the show’s growth is directly connected to the expanding-at-both-ends market it represents.

Tuesday night’s keynote address from TrendHunter.com founder Jeremy Gutsche (which was absolutely brilliant – entertaining, fully, and packed with wisdom and, most importantly, great ideas) embodied the show’s vibe perfectly. He suggests innovation is really on the product of things coming together that would normally be associated with one another. (He was far more eloquent.) The talk was truly inspiring and you can learn about Jeremy and his ideas at the site above.

It’s been a bit overwhelming navigating the show floor so far, especially with flashing lights and image projections and touchscreen interfaces and music all escaping from every corner of the room.

For video, signage, and displays, all of the heavyweights are here. There are some mind-boggling technologies on the floor – virtual airport assistants that look like real humans – until you stand to the side and realize they’re only a 1″ humanoid “cutout.” Christie is showing some unreal 3D projection technology, allowing visitors to turn a 1/5th-scale model shaped like a car into an Audi in different colours, environments, with different rims, and more. We’ll get a video posted soon…

Sony, Panasonic, Barco and new “little brother” Digital Projection, and many more have all the goods out, too.

Some of the major players in lighting, from Elation and the ADJ groups to Martin and HES are here along with some staging and rigging suppliers in a new and seemingly growing wing of the hall. It’ll be interesting to see how for that progresses in the coming years. Could InfoComm become the “show for all-things pro?” I have no idea, but there are businesses here you never would have expected to be exhibiting just 4-5 years ago…

More coming soon…

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