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The List to End All Lists from InfoComm 2017

Now that the InfoComm show is over, we can look back and compare our favorite moments from the show. This list is a compilation of our team’s thoughts about the show.
Favorite Product/Booth/Event

  • Sony’s video wall was gorgeous.
  • Void Acoustics speakers had a fantastic design and sound.
  • Crestron Mercury reminded me of Brancusi’s Bird in Space—damn the haters!
  • Opening reception was a very cool event as it provided a chance to network with industry professionals.
  • LG OLED screens were impressive as always.
  • Panasonic’s LinkRay info beaming tool.
  • The Evoko Groupie.
  • Starin booth was one of the coolest “experience” booths because of the #AVSelfie AV Action Figure picture booth (really, not a biased answer).
  • Optoma had a cool touch sensitive video wall with musical instruments you could “play” by touching the images.
  • Global Cache showcased new modular control products.

Favorite After-Party

  • Dinners with associates where we could be entertained and talk without shouting. Parties are great events, but they are typically loud and require shouting to be heard.
  • Crestron Swirl 17 party is one to remember and will be hard to top. The food was delicious and the band was KILLER!
  • Utelogy Machete Club was a fun event.
  • AV Magazine’s cocktail event was a great way to network with industry professionals.

New BFF from the #AVTweetUp

  • Alesia Hendley (@thesmoothfactor). She is a brilliant, talented AV pro who does it all and is a great human being to boot. She IS the future of great AV.
  • Why look for someone new when you can hang out with the AVNation (@AVNationTV) crew?
  • Megan Dutta (@MeganADutta), Barbara Blaskowsky (@barbxG), Noble Crawford (@noblecrawford), and Alesia Hendley (@thesmoothfactor).
  • The bartender (for obvious reasons).

Best Place to Get Food on the Show Floor

  • Dumpling place at the back of the North hall; can’t remember its name, but they were delicious.
  • Mints from the Crestron booth.
  • The Press Room.
  • The Park was a cool place to sit, rest, chat, and listen to soothing coffeehouse-ish music and get good food. Hope the Park is included in Vegas next year!
  • The food trucks in the Park.

Most Disappointing Product/Booth/Event

  • Beyond the interesting offerings of VR/AR from Epson and Freeman, there was a lack of innovative digital signage solutions.
  • Beyond a few speaker systems, no one had anything designed with aesthetics in mind —everything looked like flat, industrial boxes.
  • Missed encountering interesting attractions like the Starin photo booth.
  • There was no leaps in innovation this year—just more of the same products with incremental changes and improvements.

We’d love to hear what your favorite things were from the show!

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