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Best of infoComm 2005

Kayye's picks By Gary Kayye, CTS

Best Booth: (tie) NEC's booth with distinct and separate sections for retail/digital signage, education, home theater and corporate, and the educational 3LCD booth.

Best Booth Location: Da-Lite, the 103 year-old AV company was front and center, again.

Best Seminar Presenter: Roy Hermanson of Extron (Roy also won InfoComms 2005 Educator of the Year award)

Best Booth Presentation: rp Visual Solutions, Randy Pagnan gave me a ?speed tour and actually showed me every product in his booth, logically, in less than 60 seconds - and , I understood it all.  

Best New Product InfoComm 2005: hands-down, no competition at all.  Its Polyvisions Thunder product.  If you are not a dealer for Polyvision, become one as this product is incredible (read more about it in this issue).

Best New Flat-Panel Display:  Samsungs 460pn 46 LCD monitor I was blown away with the quality of this!  Check it out.

Best New Projector:  (tie) Christies DW30 wide-screen 720p DLP projector (3000 ANSI lumens) --- This product rocks!  And, projectiondesigns F3 SX+ projector (1400 x 1050, 5500 ANSI lumens at only 27 pounds).

Best New Staging/Rental Product:  Barcos iCon H900 9000 ANSI lumen, 1920 x 1080 native resolution projector.

Best New Audio Product:  Extrons SI-28W in-wall speaker series

Best New Video Product:  (tie) Grass Valleys Turbo and RGB Spectrums MediaWall 2000

Best new Conferencing Product:  Polycoms QSX data collaboration interface.  A very creative and simple solution to data connectivity on an audio conference.

Best New ProAV Networking Product:  Avocents Emerge WMS1000 Media Streamer a full-motion video, wireless networking hub that streams 8 sources of video, s-video, audio and RGB signals via a network. 

Overall Most Creative New Product: (tie) Crestrons iMedia Interfacing system which sends computer-video, audio, control and power signals through a single Cat5e wire.  And, Polyvisions Thunder Product.

Best Show Uniforms: 3LCD Booth

Worst Show Uniforms: Polyvision

Best Booth Giveaway: Texas Instruments' Harley-Davidson giveaway

Worst Booth Giveaway: NECs playing cards

Best Projection Presentation: DPIs giant 100+ wide projection wall.

Worst Projection Presentation: Casio it felt like you were walking in a projector manufacturers booth in 1991.

Easiest Booth to Find: Sony

Hardest booths to Find: Sharp and Epson?!?  What were they thinking?

Most Inappropriate Booth Entertainment: None this year

Best Breakfast: Starbucks in the Convention Center

Best Lunch: Nothing in that convention center was any good for lunch

Best Dinner/Reception: Sonic Foundrys partner reception

Best Classy Party: (tie) Crestron's We Will Rock You party and TIs partner party staring Huey Lewis (he sounds EXACTLY as he did on all is 80s hits!)

Best Wild Party: Extron

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Gary Kayye, CTS is Chief Visionary at Kayye Consulting, Inc., a Chapel Hill, NC-based marketing consulting firm that serves the ProAV and Home Theater markets. In addition to strategic marketing consulting, Kayye Consulting, Inc. is also a training development company. Gary can be reached via e-mail at [email protected] or through his Web site at www.kayye.com.
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