Almo Pro A/V Closes Year with 4th Record-Setting E4 AV Tour Stop

e4-nov-1113The New Jersey version of the Almo Pro A/V E4 AV Tour was held last week in the Meadowlands Exposition Center and not only did it set an attendance record for a New York area show, at over 600, but it was also an all-time attendance record for the four year AV Tour.

If you’re a regular reader of rAVe, you likely know that I have been the keynote speaker for the tour since its inception and that rAVe has a dedicated microsite where we post every video we recorded at the E4 AV Tour as well as the live recordings of both my keynote and luncheon experts panel brain freeze session sponsored NEC. The site includes over 60 videos of products displayed at the show as well as one-one-one interviews with nearly every one of the 35 vendors who exhibited at the E4 AV Tour.

This year’s tour featured a lot of digital signage gear and timing is good as in my keynote, I predicted that would be a $40 Billion market by 2016. But, there were some newbies on the tour tho shear including ClearOne, Barco (which used the Irvine stop as the official launching point of its Corporate AV projector line) and Epson.

But, there were a couple of, well, let’s call them show-stoppers, that should be highlighted. One was the new Samsung OLED that allows people to watch two different TV shows at the same time (called MultiView) – or, for that matter, allows for two people to be gaming against each other – in full- screen, not split screen – and not see what each other is doing, strategically. This is done by both watchers using special glasses that allows one person to see one channel and the other to see the second channel.

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The second show-stopper was the Da-Lite ViewShare — that’s the screen with a built-in HD USB-based videoconferencing camera. Now shipping, it’s one of the most creative convergence products we’ve seen in a couple of years and it also won a Best of InfoComm Award.

The third show-stopper was the Peerless HD Flow system – that’s Peerless’ wireless HDMI system that accommodates four sources (even VGA can be one) to the display and can be integrated right into the mount.

Last but not least, the best 4K demo was at the LG booth. The company demo’d an 86” LED-lit LCD TV that’s native 4K (3840×2160 pixels) and looked stunning. In fact, I think that 4K not only has major advantages in the emerging so-called COLLABORATION market (with products like the Christie Brio, Barco ClickShare and Extron TeamWork) but might also bring back an interest in 3D — glasses free! With 4K, you don’t need glasses as the resolution is high enough to just display 3D natively.

I hope you’ll check out the entire microsite as it also includes copies of my keynote — recorded in HD — as well as the luncheon tech panel.