On Monday evening, the winners of the 2010 PLASA Awards for Innovation were announced.
This year the judges also decided to make three special commendations, which went to the Shure PSM 900 in-ear wireless monitoring system; the Clay Paky Alpha Profile 700; and the RevEAL CW colour-mixing LED washlight.
The 2010 PLASA Awards for Innovation went to:
- The Clay Paky Sharpy, a newly developed beamlight that uses a combination of innovative engineering and optical technology to achieve a distinctive, bright high-output from a 170-watt source.
- Outline Audio Mini Compass Mode. This loudspeaker’s combination of generic IT and innovative line array technology, the judges found, represents a step forward for the industry in systems integration.
- LumenRadio CRMX Nova Flex. This device impressed the judges for its ability to act as a complete cross-protocol wireless lighting control system.
- Robert Juliat Aledin. The Judges felt that Robert Juliat’s usual high standards have not been compromised in the search for a useable LED profile spot.
- Coemar Spa Reflection FullSpectrum. By locating rear facing LEDs at the front of the fixture the reflector creates a homogenised beam that the judges felt successfully eliminates a lot of the problems associated with existing LED wash lights.
- d&b audiotechnik B4 subwoofer. The judges commented that, while cardioid subwoofers are not new technology, the concept of a passive cardioid sub certainly is.
- CAST BlackTrax – First Phase. This product uses WYSIWYG as a host platform to provide real-time three dimensional object tracking data to feed into a variety of position-dependent lighting, sound and rigging control systems.
- Gold Award – Martin Audio Multicellular Line Array (MLA). Each and every driver in each and every line array element is controlled individually by its own channel of amplifier and its own channel of DSP processing. The judges commented that “Coupled with the calculation software and the built-in networking, these features allow Martin Audio to take array tuning and deployment to new levels previously unobtainable using the human ear”.
The presentation followed a vibrantly busy day on the show floor with over 350 companies launching more than 500 new products.