Blog: An integrator’s view of ISE 2013
Roland Dreesden, February 4, 2013
As the doors close on the 10th ISE, “biggest and best” is the phrase that’s being heard. Biggest? My feet say yes and I’m sure the visitor figures will prove it. Best? That’s more subjective but from Reflex’s point of view it was invaluable, to meet with international partners and to see the technology. Here’s my round up of the best of ISE 2013 from an integrator’s viewpoint.
My first vote goes to the Crestron HD-XSP, a surround sound decoder that is no-frills – some may say basic. I liked its simplicity – it only has the functions that are needed for a professional install. It means the customer is not paying for functionality they don’t need. Granted, it only has Ethernet, not RS232, but I see applications for large venues needing surround sound, particularly where voice reinforcement needs to be mixed in and presented on the surround speakers.
The Samsung NL22B LED LCD transparent display shows information on a transparent glass surface. I’ve only previously seen such technology displaying in B/W, or with very poor colour reproduction, but this product was beautiful with superb colour. I liked the touch screen function and the built in personal computer. It would be a superb choice in retail environments for product displays.
On the Epson stand the EB1410WI caught my eye. Interactive projectors have been around for a while but I liked the control module on the wall to select the functions and source. Great product for lecture theatres and training situations.
Ensemble Designs were showing the Brighteye Mitto Scan Converter, a broadcast quality product that takes a VGA or DVI feed and converts it down to composite or straight onto a fibre output. It’s easy to pick out a section of the screen to convert, for example, just the video window from a YouTube video. An elegant solution for auditoriums, it’s ideal where multiple presenters bring their own devices, and delivers high quality output through simple controls.
Also on my list, the Viper all-in-one capture, stream and VOD appliance. It’s a neat one box solution, perfect for rich media capture and streaming during live events or training sessions, very cool, small and beautifully designed package. I liked the striking design, the simple operation and the abundance of features although at £12,000 it might be beyond some budgets.
These products represent some of the components that allow integrators like Reflex to deliver great solutions for clients. In terms of the broader technologies evident, everybody wanted to ‘collaborate’! And 3D – where was it? Last year it was everywhere, this year I hardly spotted any.