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The Christie Corvette– 3D Projection Mapping at InfoComm

The set has both the floor, or ground, and the background made with Christie MicroTiles. And the model Corvette, about a two feet long, is an actual 3D model (solid white) onto which 3 Christie DLP projectors project the car’s color, features, etc.

For the past couple of InfoComm shows, one of the more intriguing trends on view has been pixel mapping, also called 3D projection mapping. Of course, this is not just for tradeshow demos. Projection mapping can be seen at very high-end live events, where, for example, the entire side of a large building becomes a screen. But don’t think that someone is just pointing a high-lumen video projector at a building. We’re talking here about getting the pixels to literally “map” every nuance of the surface of the object. In other words, the focal plane is not constant but mirrors the changing shape of the surface. And even better, the projector knows the surface changes and software can throw custom content, at the appropriate luminance and focus, onto different parts of the surface, on demand. The effect is stunning.

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Harman’s Acquisition of AMX is Complete

Harman’s President Blake Augsburger announces the acquisition of AMX during InfoComm14.

Harman’s recent acquisition of AMX, a manufacturer of audio/visual control devices, is now complete, the companies announced Wednesday morning during a press conference at the AMX booth #C4908.

 

“This gives us a bigger share in the install markets and an entry in to video,” commented Blake Augsburger, President, Harman. “Many Harman integrators already sell and install AMX products, and this give us an opportunity to expand into emerging markets and cross sell in vertical markets.” more…

Planar Accelerates Adoption of Ultra HD with New 4K Displays

Today at InfoComm 2014, Planar Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR), a global leader in display and digital signage technology, announced it is expanding its 4K product offerings with new displays ranging in size from 28” to 98”.

 

The new displays, which will be showcased at the InfoComm 2014 tradeshow, include additions to two popular Planar product families—the Planar® UltraResSeries and Planar® EP-Series™. Planar also unveiled its new Planar® IX-Series™ 4K desktop monitor. READ ON AT THE WIRE>>

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The Future of AV at InfoComm

As part of my pre-show schedule for InfoComm14, I spoke with David Labuskes, executive director and CEO of InfoComm International, about the organization’s celebration of its 75th anniversary and how it has grown since then. During this discussion, where Labuskes highlighted all aspects of the convention from digital signage, to professional audio, to security systems, he kept the theme of this year’s InfoComm, “AV Moving Forward,” relevant.

 

One point Labuskes mentioned a few times was the rapid increase in technology, and the importance of keeping the organization up to date with these latest advances, a point that seems to be trend throughout the events this week.

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InfoComm 2014 Show Daily: Day 1

Stay in the know even if you’re not at InfoComm or if you missed the copy at the show. Here’s a link to Day 1 of the InfoComm 2014 Show Daily.

Christie Introduces “Christie Velvet” High Resolution LED Tiles

Christie®, the trusted global leader in high quality visual and audio solutions, is expanding its line of high brightness tiled displays with the introduction of the Christie Velvet line of built-to-order, high resolution indoor LED panels. Seamless to integrate and available in various pixel pitches, Christie’s LED tiles display stunning content that help businesses creatively connect their brand message to their audiences. Debuting at InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas June 18-20, the brilliant LEDs are well-suited to various indoor applications such as retail, casinos, museums, corporate lobbies and control room environments, where 24/7/365 reliability is required. more…

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Audio Blasts In A Day Early With Demo Rooms

Renkus-Heinz demos the Varia loudspeaker system in Audio Demo Room N113.

While the show floor for InfoComm14 doesn’t open until Wednesday, the audio department’s demo rooms are already in full blast—literally. Open a day early, 16 audio manufacturers open the doors to their customized demo rooms, where they give detailed presentations of their latest products, along with a demonstration of the sound these products produce.

 

Each company gives a demo every other hour (most likely to avoid bleed between the rooms), and walking down the hallway you can surely hear (and feel) the power of these sound systems.

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