InfoComm 2005 wrap-up

June 10, 2005

InfoComm 2005As the show wraps up I wanted to pass along some buzz (or lack thereof) I’m hearing from our programmer who was able to peruse the floor yesterday and today, I was unable to attend this year. First off it seems that IC is getting farther away from consumer electronics and back on the path to full-on commercial and industrial gear, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing as IC was always really intended to be more pro-oriented, its just that it puts even more emphasis on the CEDIA Expo. This is only moderately troubling in that CEDIA is a lot to take in at once, especially if you’re taking classes in addition to checking out the products on display. Anyway enough on that, what did our guy see this week.

Projectors, it seems that 1080p’s next big push into projectors will have to wait until CEDIA, that’s not to say they weren’t present but what was shown wasn’t anything groundbreaking in comparison to the last CEDIA and CES. Sanyo showed the PLV80 (1366 x 768) but with 1080p on the horizon we just don’t see a need to get excited for a little more light output and some input panel re-workings. There were other 720p projectors on display, some single DMD and some 3-Chippers but again, 1080 is where its at, at least if your considering dropping more than 5k on a projector. With this in mind we saw nothing “new” to report on in the projector world, in regards to home theater.

Screens, probably the most important home theater related technology/product shown at this years IC was the ambient light rejecting screen’s from DNP, some may argue this but take note that I said “home theater related” sure there were some 9k ANSI lumen behemoth projectors on display, but unless you want to burn a hole through your screen these have little bearing in the real world. Ambient light rejecting screens however will play a major role in projectors making their way out of the dungeons err dedicated home theaters and into the living room. The DNP SuperNova screen looks decidedly more “black” than the Sony Chromavue but in our estimation may provide better overall performance, the demo our programmer saw was in his words “pretty damn impressive”. While the screens are still said to be intended for the commercial presentation market, I can only imagine that home theater applications are right around the corner, that is unless these guys miss the signals they’re getting completely. DNP now has an impressive live action video of the screen up on their site, note: the video was a little buggy in my browser, it only played after it fully loaded, or rather I just stopped messing with it and let it do its thing.

All in all that was about all our guy saw that he felt worthy of mention, CEDIA 2005 here we come.

Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under Trade Shows