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Barco Mixes it Up at InfoComm

Barco’s new LED product. It’s the most high res LED– 1.6mm pixel pitch– that’s ever been done for a rugged, premium LED product for the event/staging market. Normally this high of a resolution you only see in indoor LED.

After seeing some small-scale 3D projection mapping demos at InfoComm yesterday, more intriguing demos keep turning up at InfoComm. Not in Barco booth but in a separate demo room in the convention center, Barco is showing some interesting things. The company has a laser phosphor projector in the 7K lumen range– a nice compliment to its huge-gun laser projector for the cinema market about which we heard Monday at the Display Summit at InfoComm. And also a nice pixel-mapping demo at small scale–reproducing building-size 3D projection mapping.


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Dawn Pro Audio Announces AW Series

Matt Thornton, director of sales at Dawn Pro Audio, poses with the AW series loudspeaker system.

Walking along the red carpet of InfoComm’s Audio Pavilion, the endless parade of loudspeaker systems may seem a little repetitive. While reputation for many of these high end speaker companies attract installers to their booths to view the latest products, for those smaller companies, you need a certain form of creativity in your design to really stick in someone’s mind.


Such is the case with Dawn Pro Audio (Booth #C10746), a company that fell off the map for 15 years before it was scooped up by Hanser Music Group and is now releasing new loudspeaker systems for the rental and installation markets.


Christie Introduces Ruggedized Roadie 4K25 and 4K35 3-Chip DLP at InfoComm 2014

Christie welcomes the Roadie 4K25 and Roadie 4K35 to its powerful solutions line-up at InfoComm 2014. Ruggedized and designed for rental staging, the Roadie 4K25 and Roadie 4K35 3-chip DLP projectors deliver 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution at 60Hz – with optional 120Hz capability – and 25,000 and 35,000 lumens respectively.

For rental/staging applications including amusement parks, concerts, live event theaters, casinos, sporting events, large sales meetings, conventions, and more, the Roadie 4K25 and Roadie 4K35 are equipped with Christie TruLife proprietary 1.2 Gigapixel per second processing and built-in image warping and blending to deliver the high brightness, high-resolution videos and graphics that make presentations comes alive. READ ON AT THE WIRE>>

Installed Sound Round Up Day 1

JBL's commercial amps and mixer-amps are Energy Star certified.

Whether you’re representing a nightclub, house of worship, restaurant, or similar venue, choosing a reliable and high-quality audio system is key. Luckily, manufacturers in the pro audio realm are constantly working to improve their systems and make them more commercial friendly. more…

InfoComm 2014 Show Daily: Day 2

Need to catch up with what’s happening at the show? Check out the daily from day two.

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The Path to Unified Collaboration – A Salesperson Seeks Enlightenment

By Jenny Wisehart

As a previous and current InfoComm exhibitor, I have logged my fair share of hours on booth duty, but this year I am expanding my show experience by taking in some educational sessions.  As an AV integrations salesperson I am trying to get a handle on the unified collaboration market, as my corporate customers are blurring the lines between their AV and IT departments  ( in some cases there is no distinction), and yearning to bring the flexibility of consumer video interaction to the enterprise level. I admittedly struggle to understand the more complex technical aspects of UC (remember me salesperson, no engineer), but need to wade in nonetheless.


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.


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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The editors of Sound & Video Contractor post live from InfoComm as the news happens. Check back several times a day for the latest industry news, reports from press conferences, and product introductions.


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