6 Hot Tech Trends Spotted At Infocomm 2014
Infocomm is the premiere audio-visual industry show in North America. This year’s Infocomm was held in Las Vegas and featured numerous AV companies showing off their most sophisticated offerings, including some products that are not widely available for consumers yet. These 6 hot tech trends spotted at Infocomm 2014 are a big indicator of the future of the AV industry.
4K Display Screens
4K screens get their name because they have four times as many pixels as normal high definition screens with a resolution of 1080p. There were many 4K screens being displayed at Infocomm 2014, including Stewart Filmscreen’s 165” StarGlas 60 rear projection screen, which was combined with the company’s Christie 4K projector. Another prominent 4K display at Infocomm was found at Planar’s booth, which had 4K screens ranging in size from 28” to 98”.
Another of the hot tech trends at Infocomm 2014 was video walls. Video walls are becoming very popular in classrooms, hotel lobbies, and command centers. Two notable video wall exhibits were VIA’s Video Wall Mini, which supports up to four screens packaged together with the company’s MagicView content management system, and VuWall Technology’s VuWall2, which offers seamless capture and display and lossless recording and playback of PC sources.
Signage is always a popular field at AV shows, and several of the hot tech trends at Infocomm 2014 were found in the signage field. Notable exhibits in the signage category included BARCO’s LCD-based Kiosk for advertising and BENQ’s 84” BH380 Bar Display, a wide format LCD panel for digital signage. Both of these products won awards for their presence at Infocomm 2014.
Collaboration is one of the most important reasons that AV systems are put in place by schools and learning institutions. Some hot tech trends at Infocomm 2014 in the collaboration category included Vidyo’s VidyoRoom HD-230, which can display up to 16 participants and shares content at 1080p, and iRobot’s Ava 500, a mobile robot that gives a physical presence to teleconferences.
HDBaseT is a new video display technology that allows for the consolidation of HD digital video, Ethernet, audio, and various other controls in a single cable. HDBaseT was one of the hot tech trends at Infocomm 2014. Several HDBaseT switchers were on display, including Atlona’s scaler/switcher that supports 4K displays and KanexPro’s 5-input scaler/switcher tool.
Those in the education field and other professionals who have to carry projectors will be especially happy with the lightweight projectors shown off at Infocomm 2014. InFocus’ IN1146 is a 1.8 lbs projector that includes wireless USB connectivity, while the Casio Slim series weighs 5 lbs but runs on lampless technology, which extends its lifespan.
Infocomm is always a place where AV companies get to display their latest and greatest products and technologies. These six hot tech trends at Infocomm 2014 are just some of the excellent exhibits that we got the chance to check out. The technology at Infocomm is sure to have a large impact on the future direction of fields like video conferencing, display technology, and audio transmission.