The product we found literally all over ISE 2011 here in Amsterdam – more than any other- was LED walls. And, like integration of the iPad in control at InfoComm 2010 and 3D at this past Fall’s CEDIA Expo, LED walls have quickly become the “I don’t want to see another one of these things” product at the show.
In all seriousness, I am astounded by the number of Asian me-too LED wall manufacturers at this year’s ISE Show. And, I’m not exaggerating when I tell you there were no fewer than 50 (yes, fifty) manufacturers selling and marketing LED-based video walls.
At first, it was cool to see. There were skinny one’s, amazingly flexible one’s, small one’s, indoor/outdoor one’s and even one built into a curtain that made a huge HD screen. But, after a while, it was tiring hearing how one manufacturers was the “most flexible” or the “brightest” or the “smallest mm-pitch” array on the market.
Hey, InfoComm, want to bring back the Shoot-Out? Here’s your opportunity: an LED wall shootout as the specs all sounded exactly the same.
And, I imagine they might be – the same. Many of the manufacturers heralded from China and Taiwan and it’s certainly possible that there are only a handful of LED wall manufacturers making all of them. But, it’s LED overload – it’s become darn close to a commodity.
I wouldn’t be surprised if you didn’t see LED walls in Best Buy soon!