While most of the goings on at the huge CES show in Las Vegas this week do not directly affect the pro video, audio, and AV world, we can’t discount the growing trend of product development in the consumer electronics world powering R&D for displays and other technologies that will eventually impact the pro world. Not to mention the jockeying of the tech giants who love the pro world but who really make the lions share of their sales in CE
As everyone knows, talking heads and basic PowerPoint presentations at meetings are almost extinct. EVERYONE (not just Millennials) wants to be entertained and be brought personally into the meeting experience. This has been proven to be most effective with carefully planned video pre-production and on-site live streaming. It is crucial to work with your AV/Video Production team at the very beginning stages so that you get the best possible ROE – Return on Experience - for your meeting attendees.
Hybrid meetings offer an innovative way to engage your audience. Here is a compilation of comments from meeting professionals regarding the advantages of blending live meetings with virtual interaction from attendees who cannot attend the meeting in-person.
The newest app to cause a craze this summer is Pokemon Go, released in July. Pokemon Go is a game that brings Pokemon characters to life on the screen, placing them into your view of the world on your screen. How does it place on-screen characters into the world as you see it? The answer is Augmented Reality.
The Internet Of Things (IoT), simply put, is multiple devices connected to each other, similar to ones you may be currently using like, Tile and TrackR. For meetings and events, what does this mean for you? How about tracking your fellow attendees at a large conference so you can meet up with them at a particular booth or breakout session, or better yet, track your attendees' every move? Wouldn’t you love to know where they are spending most of their time? Imagine the ability to provide your attendees with a totally immersed experience.
Ground-breaking innovations are around the corner: robot bartenders that receive orders via apps, 3-D printing models, self-driving cars that drop off attendees and park themselves, augmented reality for meetings, and combining video projection mapping with audio. All of these technologies are either here right now, will be available to planners soon, or are on the drawing board of meetings industry visionaries.
The future of event staging technology will focus on engagement, personalization, augmentation and collaboration. Attendees already crave the ability to work smarter and more productively together. Building stronger personal connections while being able to navigate through clutter and non-relevance is ever-present. The need to WOW an audience never left, but is evolving faster than many can adapt.