2012 Best of InfoComm Awards

Best Overall New Product: Polycom’s CX7000. We’re giving this award this year to a conferencing product. Why? Well, go back and read Gary’s editorial above — this is the perfect year for this year’s Best Overall New Product Award to go to a conferencing product. Here’s the rAVe NOW video we shot of it at InfoComm and here’s more information on Polycom’s partnership with Microsoft Lync.
Most Creative New Product: InFocus Video Phone
Best Booth (tie):

  • Chief. We think Chief had the best booth at the show. It was well laid out, inviting and even when full of people, never crowded. And, to top it off, they had a hot dog eating contest — you can watch it here.
  • Kramer Electronics. We also loved Kramer’s new retro-inspired, white, open-concept booth design.

Best New Video Product: Panasonic’s PT-RZ470 and PT-RZ370 Series. These LED-Laser hybrid projectors are lamp-free and also HDBaseT, an industry first. Click here to see the rAVe NOW video we shot of it.
Best New Audio Product: SoundTube’s IP-Based (using CobraNet) Distributed Audio System. Click here to see the rAVe NOW video we shot of it.
Best New AV Cart or Mount: Da-Lite’s CT-TS32. Click here to see our news story on it.
Best New Monitor Mount: Premier Mount’s LCD Slider. Click here to read the news story.
Best Document Camera: WolfVision’s VZ-C3D 3D Visualizer. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.
Best New Product for K-12 Education Market: penveu. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.
Best New Product for Higher Ed Market (tie):

  • Christie’s Updated M-Series. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.
  • Epson Pro Z Projector Line. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.

Best New Classroom Projector: BenQ Laser Projector. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.
Best Classroom Product (tie):

  • DisplayNote’s Wireless Classroom Collaboration Tool. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.
  • Educational Insights’ New Classroom Jeopardy. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.

Best New Meeting Room Projector: Sony E200 Series. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.
Best New Rental and Staging Projector: Digital Projection’s Updated TITAN WUXGA 330 (Upgraded to Pro Series 3) . Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.
Best New Rental and Staging Product: Gear Box Pro’s Cable Cube. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.
Best New Flat Screen Display (tie):

  • NEC SuperSlim OPS LED 24/7 Display. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.
  • Mitsubishi’s Laser LED Display. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.

Best New ProAV Speakers: Sievers Audio’s Flat Panel Sound Reinforcement Speakers. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.
Best New Presentation System Product: Perceptive Pixel’s Multi-Touch Displays. Click here to see the rAVe NOW video we shot of them.
Best New Control System Hardware Product: AMX’s Modero X Series Touch Panels. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of them.
Best New Control System Software Product: Jupiter Systems’ Canvas. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.
Best New Videoconferencing Product: Polycom’s RealPresence Mobile Video Collaboration Platform. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.
Best Audio Conferencing Product (tie):

  • Revolabs FLX: Click here for more information on FLX.
  • Polycom SoundStructure: Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.

Best New Screen Product: Da-Lite’s IDEA Screen. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.
Best New Rack/Furniture Product: Middle Atlantic’s Reference Series Rack. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.
Best New GreenAV Product: SurgeX’s Cervella Remote Monitoring. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.
Best New Digital Signage Display (tie):

  • Nanolumens’ NanoSlim Portrait Display. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.
  • NEC SuperSlim OPS LED 24/7 Display. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.

Best New Display for Retail Applications: Planar Ultra Lux Series. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of them.
Best New Digital Signage Hardware Product: Evoko Room Manager. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.
Best New Digital Signage Software Product: VISIX’s Appoint. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.
Best New Overall Digital Signage Product: Hiperwall 3.0. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.
Best New Technology: HDBaseT. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.
Best New Projection Technology: LED-Laser Hybrid Projectors. Thanks to Casio for inventing this hybrid LED/Laser-based technology (receiving a patent as of May). This is an emerging technology that’s lamp-free, reliable, bright (so far reaching nearly 3,000 lumens), lasts for 30K to 40K hours of use and makes blacks look as black as anything we’ve seen using any projection technology.
Best New Wireless Technology: Barco ClickShare. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.
Best New Wireless System: Peerless-AV’s Wireless Short Throw Projector AV System Using HD Flow. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.
Best Show Live Presenter: Crestron’s Jeff Singer
Coolest InfoComm Demo (tie):

  • Christie’s projection-mapping pyramid. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.
  • CAVI’s Interactive Table. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.

Best In-Booth Entertainment: NEC’s Dancing Avatar Wall. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.
Best Party: projectiondesign’s In-Booth Party
Best ProAV Mobile Device App (tie):

  • Cisco’s Jabber Telepresence App. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.
  • VISIX’s Mobile App. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.

Best Concept Product: Pointmaker by Boeckeler did a private demo for rAVe of a concept product that they plan to debut this fall. It allows for real-time integration of an Apple iPad using its annotation system. It’s truly real-time and impressive. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video of the Pointmaker software without the iPad integration.
Kudos Award (tie):

  • Listen Technologies for loaning us a 30-Person Portable FM Audio Tour Guide System. Click here for more info on the Audio Tour Guide System.
  • Christie’s Command and Control Video Wall. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.

Best Service/Product You Probably Didn’t See: AVForSale. Click here to see a rAVe NOW video we shot of it.