#TBT: The AV Industry Then & Now

As a technology company, we’re always looking ahead for the next breakthrough that makes our products thinner, faster, and stronger. We’re moving a mile a minute, hardly noticing how little improvements mean huge changes in the long run.

This “Throwback Thursday,” we’re highlighting not only the advances in AV we’ve seen throughout our careers, but throughout the past 50 years in the industry.

Then: Displays at CES 1967

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“The first Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was held in June of 1967 in New York City. There were only 14 exhibitors, including LG, Motorola, and Philips, which occupied about 100,000 square feet of exhibition space. CES was an offshoot of the Chicago Music Show, which had been until then, the “largest exhibit of consumer electronics in the world.” Check out the most high-tech and streamlined televisions of the year above, encased in sleek wood paneling. And, take a look at The Verge’s incredible history of CES in photos.

Now: Displays at CES 2014

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As we recounted from our experiences at this past year’s CES and InfoComm, we saw a plethora of 4K and even 8K displays in some very massive sizes—just take a look at LG’s giant 105-inch curved TV. Samsung also exhibited a 98-inch 8K display at this past year’s show.

Then: Mounts in 1964

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Introduced in 1964, the Peerless Model 1100 offered a groundbreaking viewing experience. At 9.5″ x 21″, the mount could securely hold any 17″ or 19″ TV that weighed as much as 60 lbs and it could swivel nearly 40 degrees.

Now: Mounts in 2014

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Mounts in 2014 are thinner than ever, with Peerless-AV’s DS-VW755S mount measuring only 1.87″ and protruding no further than four inches from the wall. The mount holds 40″-65″ inch displays up to 80 lbs.

Then: Classroom Projectors in the 1960s

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Back in the 1960s, overhead projectors were the newest, high-tech gadgets to hit the classroom. The new use of writing on clear surfaces that was then projected onto the wall allowed for a new level of interactivity in the classroom. The use of overhead projectors in tandem with film projectors added great visual appeal to lessons, for those who were lucky enough to work with them.

Now: Projectors in 2014

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For many of us, the word “projector” still makes us think of our classroom experiences with overhead projectors. However, projector technology has grown exponentially. Now, projector systems allow for HD content to be wirelessly projected from laptops, Blu-ray players, and more. With the simple touch of a button instructors can switch from working on an interactive document, to a quiz, or even to a movie.

Then: Kiosks in 1969

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One of the first iterations of the interactive kiosk in the United States was the automated teller machine. The “Docuteller,” introduced in NYC in 1969, was the first version of the kiosk that could dispense cash without teller interaction using a magnetic stripe card.

Now: Kiosks in 2014

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Now kiosks are popping up just about everywhere and it seems the sky’s the limit as far as what they’re capable of. Touch screen kiosks serve as ticket sales booths, offer way finding on campuses and in hospitals, display activity schedules on cruise ships, serve up menus for restaurants, and allow for baggage check-in at airports.

What do you remember as stellar from “back then” that has seen drastic changes throughout its years in the industry?