Third day at ISE and the legs are beginning to tire. After two late nights (and early mornings) networking with clients the idea of another day at the busiest AV event in the world is perhaps not the most appealing. Whilst eating my breakfast and enjoying a herbal tea (well you have to make an effort when you are in these exotic foreign climes) I wondered what #ISE2017 would have to offer this weary AV traveller. 

I need not have worried as first up was the Sony stand, injecting a dose of AV magic in to my arm and energising me for the day ahead. Most impressive on their stand was their huge CLEDIS display system with 3D Audio Technology. That's right folks 3D audio. It was truly stunning and without going all technical on you the resolution was very good. Example, for every 1 Pixel on your 4K Sony Bravia TV in your front room, the CLEDIS has 13 pixels. Using some kind of nano technology this baby packed a stunning punch, displaying content in 4K and 8K resolution. Mind you, it had a pretty handsome price tag of €70,000 per square metre. Apparently Sony have sold four, all in the U.K. Which only goes to prove that the Premier League is still the richest in the world. 

Moving. Back in to the real world, the Sony projection offering is solid with a lamp and lamp less model offering virtually at every point. More interesting to me was their Active Learning Pod Workgroup Solution. A solution with that snappy a title has to be good and this did not disappoint. Where Sony's Vision Presenter focused on the "presentation" this software focused on collaborative learning with BYOD support. The software is purchased stand alone and can be installed on any Windows 10 device. This is a product that will already enhance our Sony Vision Presenter credentials. 

The Crestron stand was exciting with a big emphasis in collaboration and #SkypeforBusiness with the showcasing of their new Mercury audio and web conferencing product with AirMedia built in. 

A big theme this year was #SkypeforBusiness with WolfVision getting in on the act with CYNAP allowing for lecture capture and white boarding.

Visits to Sennheiser and Apart were fruitful and Kramer once again had a large range of products covering many disciplines. Most notable was there focus on video and audio over IP with heir Enterprise Management application. Developments in the VIA collaboration device and the announcement that they will provide a software only version of the VIA was also well received. 

Final appointment of the day was the NEC stand. Saving the best till last? Well they certainly had everything there. Complete range of projectors including the launch of their 10k 3LCD laser. Standard displays and interactive offerings, including the InfinityBoard 84" which is their response to the Microsoft Surface Hub. They had some seriously good video walls and LED panels from 1.2mm to 3.8mm pixel pitch - a truly pitch perfect offering. 

The EPSON night at the National Maritime Museum ended a very informative and worthwhile ISE2017 trip for Universal AV. A chance to catch up with colleagues and existing clients and forge new relationships with many potential clients. 

To be honest I don't think we saw the "Wow" product that I mentioned in my first blog, but visiting ISE2017 just emphasises the scale of our industry not just in the U.K. But also Europe and the wider world. Massive budgets are invested in a showcase event that once again has delivered in style and content. ISE2017 has been big, bright and very bold. 

 

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