July 2013

Five New Tech Trends Impacting Meetings

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J.

The Rental and Staging Network (RSN), a network of geographically diverse rental and staging companies with complete event capabilities, recently compiled a list of five effective ways to add value and impact to meetings through today’s technological advancements.

Trend #1: Gesture media. Presenters have direct input and can interact with the presentation or environment, making the event more experiential. The presenter manipulates the presentation with body movement rather than a mouse, keyboard or slide advancer, while attendees stay better engaged with the content and delivery of the speaker’s presentation.

Trend #2: LED lighting. For energy efficiency and for color match purposes, LED lighting continues to provide a more customized experience. A/V professionals integrate LED lighting with video systems, being able to color match LED lighting to suit screen content and themes, further branding the meeting and the experience.

Trend #3: Projection mapping (pictured). Projection mapping, or video mapping, technologies create an unbeatable “wow” factor by projecting images on any multi-dimensional shape or form. Any object can become a display, leading to stunning visual effects that make events memorable and showcase the group’s creativity. The photo shows an example of projection mapping from RSN member, Media Stage, with locations in Florida and Puerto Rico.

 Trend #4: Multi-image display presentation software. By utilizing software that handles multiple projectors, or other display devices like video walls, plasma screens, etc. within a computer network, meeting planners can work together with their A/V tech to create a fully-orchestrated multi-image presentation that leaves a jaw-dropping impression on event attendees.

Trend #5: Touch screen technology. This expanding technology is being used more and more to modernize events, and has the ability to transform presentations as we know them. At the recent InfoComm A/V industry tradeshow, one company demonstrated 40 touch points at one time, which could be useful as a meeting kiosk and information center. 

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