InfoComm, the largest pro AV event in North America, took place June 8–14 in Orlando and Ingram Micro’s pro AV expert, Tom Jones, was on hand to attend closed-door meetings, participate in education and walk the expo hall floor looking for trends and opportunities for solution providers. Below are highlights from Jones’ InfoComm notebook.
- There were more than 44,000 attendees at the show. 37% of attendees attended for the first time. Nearly 20% were from countries outside the U.S. All said, 118 countries were represented.
- More than ever, manufacturers have moved away from promoting their new products based on speeds and feeds. Rather, they have created purpose-built solutions designed and marketed to solve problems within specific industries or niches. For example, Jones saw various interactive whiteboard solutions that were heavily focused on how collaboration can be improved in education settings.
- Direct view LED (DLED) hardware has been on the rise in the past 18 months, and Jones says InfoComm’s expo floor really highlighted this trend. He estimated nearly 50 vendors showing off some form of DLED solution. He says that as DLED’s popularity continues to rise, prices continue to drop and approach that of traditional LEDs. In addition, he’s noticed LED manufacturers enter the market with their own DLED solutions.
- As far as cutting-edge solutions go, Jones was impressed with a demonstration of 3D sound from Comhear. The company’s technology can form audio into tight beams that are then projected at the desired audience. With such an application, a kiosk paired with Comhear’s spatial technology can sense a potential customer walking by and, based on the person’s distance, project audio to that person. As the person approaches the kiosk, the audio shifts from a narrower beam to broader. The technology can also send different audio signals to separate people at the same time.
- The popularity of InfoComm’s Women’s Council breakfast meeting illustrates how the industry is embracing more female participation. There were more than 300 attendees at the breakfast, and regional events after InfoComm will continue to encourage participation and growth in the coming months.
- Jones also noted more age diversity among attendees this year. In years past, the overall industry skewed older. Today, many younger people are entering the industry, which will hopefully bring new ideas and attract additional fresh talent.
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