Recent trends in Audio Visual for meetings and events
With the technology boom that has occurred over the past couple of decades and continues to impress each year, it is important to stay up to date with the newest technologies and trends in audio/visual for your events.
1. Out with PowerPoint, in with Gesture Media
What if you could command the screen with your hand gestures instead of using a mouse or slide advance? How much more control and how much more exciting could you make your presentations? Hand gesturing is used in the tech world, why not on stage for your presentations? If you choose to use this up-and-coming A/V trend, make sure you do some rehearsals with the equipment before show time.
2. Projection mapping
Projection mapping or video-mapping technologies allows you to project images on any multi-dimensional shape or form. Any object can become a display, leading to visual effects that make events memorable.
We love this highly content driven video and look forward to using it wherever we can. You need to be aware of time frames for building out the content side and the very technical projection side of this amazing format. Allow time for the techs to have the room to make sure everything is working just as it should.
3. Multi-image display presentation software
Plasma Screens and Video walls allow A/V techs to create amazing graphics for your show. Fly in words and photos to make your information really stand out. Screen sizes are changing from the typical standard sizes to super sizes; some screens are running 20 foot tall by 40-60 and even 80 foot wide. This lays the foundation for an incredible presentation and can also replace your stage set.
4. LED lighting
Your A/V team can integrate LED lighting with video systems, allowing them to color-match LED lighting to suit screen content and themes, further branding the meeting and the experience.
LED lighting is much more energy efficient and “Green” for your meetings. LED lighting is also available using batteries for when cords are not ideal and takes a lot less power for those rooms that are older and don’t have the power grid you need for a lot of equipment. We love the under table lighting, battery operated pin and flood lighting to highlight things like a cake or a centerpiece and even lighting that installs using magnets!
5. Touch-screen technology
This expanding technology has the ability to transform presentations. It’s like using your iPad or Kindle to pull up information with your fingertips, but on a larger screen. You could use it at an information kiosk during a meeting, workshops, or breakout sessions. With multiple touch points on the display screen, multiple people can access different information at the same time without interfering with one another.
Charging stations enable you to keep your guest around longer; they no longer need to leave the convention location or trade show to charge their phone or other devices in their rooms. While you have them there, many of these charging stations provide the opportunity for video or branding opportunities. Even the event furniture can power up your attendees.
Power Tower is an example of a company that rents out customized charging stations for your event.
Knowing what’s going on behind the scenes at your events will go a long way in your amount of control over the outcome of the corporate meeting or event. Don’t be afraid to converse with the A/V crew and ask questions so you can equip yourself for better event management.
What is your favorite up and coming A/V trend for meetings and events?