By Corey Moss

Here is part one.

8. Delta 4K UHD DLP Cube/Ultra Slim Laser Video Wall

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At the show I visited the Delta/Vivitek booth and saw numerous products and solutions that interested me, however when given a demonstration the ultra slim laser video wall with 4K UHD DLP cubes, it was no question that it would make my list. The newly introduced Delta 4K DLP® Laser Video Wall Solution consists of true UHD-4K cubes (4K DLP® Laser Video Wall) paired with Delta’s DVCS® (Distributive Vision Control System). This platform, which can manage multiple video sources on a single display, enlarge a single video signal to multiple displays or enable centralized control of several video walls, creates an unparalleled reliable, flexible and scalable display solution capable of fulfilling critical applications, such as surveillance, disaster control and traffic supervision.

Jame Hsu, Director, Global Product Marketing at Vivitek, a brand of Delta, had the following to say, “Delta’s 4K Laser DLP® Cube, which utilizes four industry-leading 4K-resolution laser cubes with 560mm-depth extra slim form factor, is an industry’s first. What makes it disruptive is the number of top-of-the-line offerings it brings to the AV market that have not yet been seen anywhere else, including the industry’s highest resolution, highest brightness and up to 120,000 hours of operating life. Boasting UHD-4K (3840×2160) resolution, Delta’s video wall solution is able to reproduce every single detail of an image. With a 70” image diagonal, this represents 0.4mm pixel pitch or with a 60” image diagonal, it goes as low as 0.35mm pixel pitch. Additionally, our video wall offers a brightness of up to 4,000 ANSI lumens, which provides exceptional visibility even in bright environments.”

He continued, “It is the first in the industry to offer IP6X protection rating and an optical sealed engine to protect again dust and humidity for up to 14 years of 24/7 worry-and-maintenance-free operation. With all the above, Delta’s new 4K DLP Cube is perfectly suited for mission critical video applications, such as command and control, network operating centers and surveillance across numerous industries, including military, police, utilities, and transportation, among other uses.”

Find out more here.

9. Nureva HDL300 Audio Conferencing System

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This was my second experience with the Nureva HDL300 – the first was impressive, this convinced me that it belongs among the disruptive picks. The Nureva HDL300 audio conferencing system brings stunning clarity to any conference call or meeting. With the power to simultaneously process every audio source in a room, remote participants feel like they’re right there with their team for a more natural sense of communication. Powered by Nureva™ Microphone Mist™ technology, the HDL300 system fills a room with 8,192 virtual microphones. No matter where you stand, how you move or what direction you’re facing, a microphone will pick up your voice.

“Early feedback on the HDL300 system has been tremendous, with resellers and their customers expressing excitement at the arrival of a simple, cost-effective solution to the nagging issues with audio conferencing,” said Nancy Knowlton, CEO at Nureva. “We are excited to be in full production of the system at a time when customers are searching for new approaches to solving old and persistent problems.”

You can find out more here.

10. Yamaha CS-700

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I first saw the Yamaha CS-700 demonstrated prior to Enterprise Connect and was truly impressed with its all-in-one wall-mountable collaboration system functionality. The Revolabs Yamaha CS-700 video sound collaboration system is specifically designed as an all-in-one unit to equip huddle rooms with best in class audio, video, and screen sharing capability. It combines ultra-wideband audio with high-quality video to fulfill video, audio, and collaboration requirements in one simple, wall-mounted system addressing all communication and collaboration requirements of the huddle room.

Randall Lee, Director Strategic & Channel Marketing, Revolabs, Inc., Yamaha Group said the following, “The Yamaha CS-700 Video Sound Collaboration System for Huddle Rooms is the first of its kind to bring together high-quality audio, video, and collaboration features into a single wall-mountable unit. Designed with simplicity in mind, the CS-700 is a powerful market disruptor that’s both easy to set up and use. Its plug-and-play approach enables meetings to start quickly and run smoothly without sacrificing AV quality. Its enterprise-grade components include a dynamic beamforming microphone array and Yamaha speakers, and a wide-angle video camera that captures everyone in the room without requiring PTZ functions. Its single USB cable connects to any UC platform, removes the clutter from the conference tabletop, and provides invaluable screen-sharing capabilities. Finally, because it can be mass-deployed and remotely managed, the CS-700 makes life easier for IT managers.”

Find out more here.


11. Google Jamboard

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The one interactive, collaborative whiteboard I was waiting to see at the show and it certainly delivered on expectations, and then some. Collaborate and create – Jamboard brings the team together with the same real-time co-authoring that powers G Suite’s apps, whether they’re in the same room using multiple Jamboards or across the world using the Jamboard app on a phone or tablet. With Jamboard’s incredibly responsive and accurate display, it feels natural to draw and sketch the way you would on a traditional whiteboard.

TJ Varghese, Product Manager G Suite stated, “The whiteboard—a core staple of the meeting room—doesn’t quite live up to how modern businesses (often globally dispersed and spread out) want to collaborate today. Jamboard is a digital, collaborative whiteboard reimagined for the cloud. Similar to how Google Docs disrupted the productivity space with real-time co-authoring, Jamboard disrupts traditional whiteboarding by allowing teams to collaborate virtually from anywhere. Teams can participate through one or multiple Jamboards or via the Jamboard apps for smartphones and tablets. And, Jamboard saves your work automatically in Google Drive, so it’s easy to pick up later or share with others via email. Through a thoughtful integration of hardware and software, Jamboard is a new product in G Suite that is simple to use, fast to deploy and setup, and comes at a price point that makes sense for businesses.”

Find out more here.

12: InFocus ConX Cloud

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HD video collaboration available on virtually any device, anywhere. With InFocus Conx Cloud there’s no need to standardize on a single video conferencing platform and no need to upgrade legacy conferencing hardware or personal devices to enable others to participate in a meeting. ConX Cloud is an easy, scalable, cost-effective solution that works on all of the devices and services your organization and other partners are already using. Join a call on virtually any device, including smartphones and tablets, any PC or Mac, ConX devices such as the InFocus Mondopad and ConX video phone, or any other SIP or H.323 endpoints, including those from Polycom, Cisco, Lifesize, and more. ConX Cloud offers dual stream video and data feeds, so that you can view and interact with people, presentations, data, and other content at the same time. And because it’s cloud-based, anyone on the video conference can edit, change, create, share, save and send real-time.

For more information see here.

13: Listen Technologies ListenTALK

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Another impressive launch at ISE 2017, Listen Technologies ListenTALK  truly fits the bill for hearing in various atmospheres.  ListenTALK is a mobile communication device which enables simple yet sophisticated, effortless collaboration of one-to-one, one-to-many and all-to-all. Whether touring a noisy factory or a reverent museum exhibit, guides need to be heard without having to raise their voice or repeat themselves. Tours often present acoustic challenges, like ambient noise or interference from other tour groups. Guided tour products from Listen Technologies help solve these challenges, so that all participants, from the guide to tour group, have a positive experience. With options for both basic one-way (ListenPortable72) or advanced two-way (ListenTALK) communication, Listen Technologies offers the reliability and flexibility you need.

Find out more here.

14: Owl Labs Meeting Owl

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I was invited to see a special private demo of a very unique video conferencing device at the show, and this startup company’s product made my list. Owl Labs™ debuts the Meeting Owl™, an engaging plug-and-play video conferencing product for collaborative teams. Optimized with a 360° camera and intelligent focus, it automatically identifies and focuses on active speakers in the room. With a consumer-style design, the Meeting Owl gives what remote meeting participants would consider a heightened level of awareness and visual understanding so they can drive better business outcomes. The Meeting Owl has an 8-microphone array and a custom designed single lens solution to provide the unique experience.

Find out more here.

15: Almo Pro A/V services and new Global Business Team

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Almo Pro A/V has brought a whole new level of solutions, services and global team identity and reach to disrupt the distribution space in the AV market. Almo Pro A/V is a value-added technology and professional audio-visual distributor of products and services who specializes in serving professional AV integrators, dealers and consultants. The company offers its partners two classes of services – value-added services to further assist you on a daily basis and white-labeled services that act as an extension to your current business model. At InfoComm 2017, Almo Pro A/V introduced their new Global Business Team. Led by JC Delgado, this outbound sales team visits customers throughout the world to understand the unique needs of each geography. Every team member is bilingual in Spanish, Portuguese or both languages.

“What an honor to be chosen as ‘Disruptive Distributor’ this year at InfoComm,” said Melody Craigmyle, vice president of marketing for Almo Professional A/V. “We stay three steps ahead so we can always offer our reseller and integrator partners fresh opportunities to grow their businesses and increase profit. Our managed services model is one of the exclusive ways we bring this added value. And because we now have a global presence, these services can be utilized outside of the U.S. We fully intend to continue disrupting traditional distribution to push the Pro AV industry forward and create a path for our partners’ continued success!”

For information on the company’s services see here.

For information on the company’s global business team see here.

See part 3 “The Bonuses” here.

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With almost 20 years in audio visual integration and IT/computer sales and consulting, Corey Moss is the owner of Convergent AV. Corey writes for the publication and hosts/produces podcasts – The AV Life, The Edge of AV, EdTech Focus and The Show Corner. He has written for numerous industry publications about AV, IT, unified communications and collaboration (UCC), cloud and software, IoT, cybersecurity and more. He has also conducted interviews with AV and IT executives and global influencers.

Find out more about Corey on LinkedIn and on Twitter @Cbmoss.