Events like InfoComm not only give us the chance to catch up with key partners, they allow us to meet with companies we have not engaged with before. This enables our teams to check out new and exciting solutions which could be a welcome addition to our product portfolio.
Lightform LF1 – augmented reality projector
This was certainly true of Lightform Inc; a start-up who formed just before InfoComm in preparation to showcase their augmented reality projector solution – the LF1. Designed to bring the wow factor to applications like digital signage, events and public spaces, the LF1 is a compact wireless computer and camera system that turns off-the-shelf-projectors into 3D scanners for projected augmented reality or projection mapping.
On stand the Lightform team were showcasing the LF1’s capabilities through a range of demonstrations. We saw it projecting firework animations onto a wedding cake; something that no doubt would catch the attention of passers-by. Another retail example demoed the digital signage capabilities of the LF1. In this case it was for raincoats and as well as projecting rain animations onto the jacket, the LF1 projected key product information such as the jacket’s brand, name and price. A nice addition for retail stores who want to stand out from the crowd.
The guys showed us how simple creating the effects were. Using the Lightform content creation software users can quickly and easily mask objects and apply effects, import videos and then publish it to the device. Whilst this may not be an ‘everyday’ solution, for companies who are looking to add interaction to their signage or showrooms, the Lighform LF1 is certainly a solution worth considering.
Gilderfluke & Co show control systems
On the opposite side of the central hall another team from Cinos visited Gilderfluke & Co; a world leader in entertainment electronics and the company responsible installing the water jets and control system for the ‘dancing fountains’ at the Burj Khalifa.
We talked with Gilderfluke & Co Founder, President and CEO, Doug Mobley, who was demonstrating a range of solutions that enable any size or complexity of show control systems to be built. He explained that because the systems are modular, their animation solutions offer anywhere from four to thousands of outputs.
On the stand, Gilderfluke & Co had several demonstrations setup. The Br-miniBrick8 was used in a quiz show demonstration; using 4 of the 8 inputs to control the buttons and main light which would change colour based on a correct or incorrect answer. Their bestselling product, the Sd-25 w/DMX complete stereo audio playback system was on also show. The latest version of this product now offers RS-232 and IR ports as standard and the DMX-512 input can be used to select and play 255 sound files. Amongst many applications it is ideal for museums, hold-music and retail stores; basically, anywhere you need a solid state, high quality audio system that will play for years.
It was great to spend some time at InfoComm speaking to new suppliers and seeing the products they have on offer. If you are considering any of these solutions and would like to know more, please get in contact with our team who would be happy to help.