According to organizers, a record 1,000 exhibitors, including 211 new exhibitors, filled the Las Vegas Convention Center on June 8-10 for InfoComm 2016, occupying 527,105 net square feet of exhibit and special events space — also a show record. Attendees registered for more than 12,000 seats at InfoComm University sessions throughout the week, more than double the number engaged in training and education in 2015. Approximately one-third more unique attendees took InfoComm University training at InfoComm than in the past. The spike in training interest was driven in part by the 2,620 seminar and workshop packages sold. InfoComm 2016 was the first time attendees could pay one price and take any of more than 100 courses during exhibition days.
The Toronto Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) will host Boot Camp VII — “Pixels & Packets: Exploring UHD, HDR, and Live IP” — on June 21-22 at the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre at Ryerson University, Toronto. Presented as one of the section’s popular biennial technical seminars, this event will explore ultra-high-definition (UHD), high-dynamic-range (HDR), and live internet protocol (IP) technologies.
Barco has acquired Vancouver, BC-based MTT Innovation Inc. MTT is a developer of next-generation projection technology with expertise in high dynamic range, applied imaging algorithms, advanced colour science, and specialized hardware development.
“With this investment, we are augmenting our expertise in the field of High Dynamic Range technology. This underpins our long-term leadership in projection technology,” says Eric Van Zele, President and CEO at Barco. “MTT’s technology is still in a research phase and will need further de-risking and development over the years to come. We welcome MTT’s team to Barco and look forward to many years of successful collaboration as applications for high dynamic range and new illumination technologies spread to end markets such as Cinema, ProAV, simulation, automotive, and virtual reality.”
In February, ETC expanded its research efforts, creating the Advance Research Group (ARG) to uncover new technologies and boost current product capabilities. Now, ETC has hired Wendy Luedtke to join the ARG as a product technology specialist. She will work closely with lighting professionals to identify their most important issues, helping the ARG develop technology that tackles their problems and opens new possibilities.
Elation Professional has announced that industry professional Jean Lariviere has joined the company’s sales team as rental and production market manager.
Elation sales director Eric Loader comments on the hiring, “We are excited that an industry veteran of Jean’s caliber is joining the Elation team. We are confident that his relationship network and industry knowledge will have a positive effect on growth in all of our territories as we continue to expand our efforts into this market.”
The North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC) is offering discounted rooms at the Roosevelt Hotel for all registered NATEAC attendees. The rate is $219/day +tax and is available July 16, 17, and 18.
Lightfair International (LFI) took over the San Diego Convention Center in California from April 26-28, 2016 with the 27th edition of the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference offering the largest trade show floor in LFI history.
Preceding the trade show opening, the LFI Innovation Awards highlighted innovative products and designs introduced during the last 12 months. A list of winners is available on LFI’s website. More than 600 exhibitors presented new products and concepts to the lighting and design community. Expanded product categories featured at LFI 2016 included controls, decorative, alternative energy including solar power, software, exterior and roadway, digital signage, IoT, intelligent buildings, healthcare and hospitality.
The Internet of Things will make its presence felt at InfoComm 2016, happening June 4-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino. Show organizers expect nearly 1,000 exhibitors to occupy more than 500,000 sq. ft. of show space. InfoComm 2016 builds on last year’s record attendance, welcoming attendees from more than 100 countries.
InfoComm 2016 will feature a pavilion on the show floor devoted to IoT technologies and solutions. There will also be a day-long Super Tuesday session dedicated to how AV professionals can understand and exploit IoT advances in their AV/IT systems and business processes.
Over 75 per cent of this year’s InfoComm University program will feature new content. Based on the success of last year’s Unmanned Systems and Drones pavilion and training program, each will be expanded for 2016.
Organizers are making it easier for attendees to sample InfoComm 2016’s education offerings by making the majority of the program available for one price. For the first time, attendees can pay one price for access to more than 90 sessions and workshops – each worth CTS renewal units – rather than register for sessions individually.
For more information, go to www.infocommshow.org.
Christie’s Advanced Technology Group, in association with DifTek Lasers Inc., researchers at the University of Waterloo, and Conestoga College, is investigating how to merge the high brightness of LEDs with the cost effectiveness and fill-factor of LCDs into an OLED display.
Working with Christie’s Advanced Technology Group, DifTek Lasers patented the technology and manufacturing process, and the group is working with Conestoga College’s Centre for Advanced Manufacturing to begin scaling up the size of the backplanes that are manufactured. Although this technology is still in the experimentation phase, the goal of this patented technology is to apply it to the manufacture of large displays.