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‘Out-There’ Topics at InfoComm 2017

A closer look at some of the uncommon and boldly futuristic presentations lined up for InfoComm 2017 in Orlando, Florida.

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Anyone who has paid even the slightest attention to the long list of hot-button issues at InfoComm 2017 doesn’t even have to step foot on the floor to know that AV-over-IP, video collaboration, and digital signage are dominating.

But it’s the topics which come out of left field which often make the experience worth retelling – and there will, indeed, be a buzz about the following topics, singed by the burning flame of futurism and long-tail technology markets.

InfoComm’s director of expositions content Rachel Bradshaw detailed these topics during editor-at-large Craig McCormack’s InfoComm 2017 webinar last week. She recommends participants get to these talks early to guarantee a seat.

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IS042 – Augmented Reality

Wednesday, 1 to 2 p.m.

“Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Voice Control in Presentation and Collaborative Environments” promises to revolutionize businesses by teaching attendees how to technologically interact with environments in new ways.

With the adoption of tech like smartwatches as everyday items, users increasingly expect voice control with respect to lighting, thermostats, and audio playback. The session will look at these technologies and examine how they might also soon find their way into education, retail and other markets.

IS078 – Future Tech

Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

An increase in network-enabled mobile devices suggests they’ll continue to be used for streaming media and system control. “Future Technologies: The Inside Scoop from Silicon Valley” features researchers, CEOs, venture capitalists, business consultants and even anthropologists commenting on technologies which are just around the corner.

IS0-91 – Preparing for Data-Driven AV

Thursday, 1 to 3 p.m.

Gensler Research predicts business decisions – from choosing a location for headquarters to resolving workplace issues, to designing user experience – will draw on analytical data in the not-too-distant future. This presentation aims to tackle why AV spaces are currently designed for assumptions on how they’ll be used, and how the process can be improved by gathering critical data first.

A number of other industries have been parsing similar data and analytics for a long time. They can monitor, for instance, how frequently meeting rooms are used, how long meetings are taking, if a display is being turned on for every classroom — and generally get a better understanding of their return on investments.

“Preparing for Data-Driven AV” at InfoComm 2017 will focus on how to harness big data tech to make actionable metrics on the job. Rachel Bradshaw says the focus on ROI should drive integrators to improve designs on all their projects.

“I’m really excited about this course,” she says. “It should eventually drive us to better business cases for our work in all environments.”

IS0104 — 3D Printing in AV

Friday, 9 to 10 a.m.

While 3D printing hasn’t quite taken off as fast as other developments, it is slowly being used to produce for-sale products, video conferencing equipment, and even human organs. In this session, Mendoza IT will share how they’ve used 3D printing to solve problems in the classroom, the history and future of the technology, and examples of real-world 3D printed solutions.