With InfoComm 2018 just a few days away, here's our first look at some of the new products that will be on display at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Sennheiser TeamConnect Ceiling 2
Designed for medium-sized to sized meeting rooms, Sennheiser's TeamConnect Ceiling 2 contains 28 omnidirectional microphone capsules integrated within a discreet ceiling array, and uses beamforming technology to pick up voices from anywhere in the room. It has one analogue and two Dante digital outputs, supports power over Ethernet and works with the Sennheiser Control Cockpit app.
Datapath’s latest VSN controllers
Datapath’s VSN videowall controllers are used in premium command and control rooms around the world, and the latest additions to the family will get their first public showing at InfoComm. The most recently updated is the VSN 4 Series, which now includes Intel’s seventh-generation Kaby Lake Core i5 (or i7) processor, and can provide up to 16 HD outputs or 16 HD inputs.
beyerdynamic conferencing products
beyerdynamic is introducing a number of new conferencing products at the show. Among these is Phonum – a premier Wireless Bluetooth speakerphone, suitable for quick, impromptu meetings, particularly in huddle spaces. And the Unite digital wireless communications platform, which can scale up to 32 channels at once, is suitable for tour guiding, hearing assistance and other two-way communication scenarios.
Barco XDL laser projector
Barco’s new range of XDL laser projectors, targeted at the largest venues and events, provides brightness of up to 75,000 lumens. These 3-chip DLP models are said to offer super-crisp images, remarkable contrast and native 4K resolution up to 120Hz. The range currently comprises three 75,000, 60,000 and 30,000-lumen models. According to Barco, the XDL Series combines the superior colour performance of its flagship cinema projector with state-of-the-art image processing from its UDX events projector. The XDLs consume 40% less power compared to xenon projectors.
Atlona Management System
The latest version of the Atlona Management System (AMS) will receive its global debut. Available as the AT-AMS-HW server appliance, or as a free software application, AMS enables multiple Atlona products to be quickly configured, monitored and serviced from a web browser. The second-generation AMS sports a redesigned GUI that adopts interaction and navigation elements from Atlona’s Velocity solution.
Magewell Ultra Stream HDMI encoder
InfoComm 2018 will see the AV industry debut of Magewell’s new Ultra Stream HDMI standalone streaming encoder, which is said to make live streaming simple even for non-professional users. Users can record or stream high-quality video with one click using on-device buttons or an intuitive smartphone app, and stream to popular services including YouTube, Facebook Live or Twitch, or to a custom-specified server.
ClearOne CONVERGE Huddle
One of seven new ClearOne solutions debuting at the show, the new CONVERGE Huddle conferencing solution for huddle rooms is derived from the CONVERGE Pro 2 line of DSP mixers. Audio and video collaboration applications can be accomplished through a single cable connection to BYOD devices running applications such as Spontania or Skype for Business, and more.
Riedel Bolero standalone
Riedel will be showing the Bolero Standalone Application, an upgrade for its Bolero wireless intercom system that delivers performance enhancements alongside standalone capabilities. With the Bolero Standalone Application, antennas are daisy-chained to each other via a low-latency, synchronised TDM network. The system can be easily configured via a web GUI internal to the antennas. Other new capabilities include individual rotary programming, Bluetooth headset support, and a new beltpack QuickMute feature.
Key Digital extends HDMI over 18Gbps
Key Digital will introduce the KD-X444L, its first 18Gbps extender kit with full bandwidth support for HDMI 2.0A. It extends UHD/4K 18Gbps digital video with audio formats up to Dolby/DTS HD and IR/RS-232 control signals up to 70m, or 1080p signals up to 100m, with Cat6 cabling. It is HDCP 2.2 compliant and also supports HDR10.
FSR HuddleVU Bundles
FSR is launching HuddleVU Collaboration Bundles, a series of prepackaged collaboration-system configurations. Five different options are available, accommodating from two to four users. Each bundle includes a table box, a switcher and all the necessary cables, but can be upgraded with optional cable retractors. Systems can also include FSR’s HuddleVU Air, a wireless 4-input auto-switching presentation unit.