Produced by Avixa, InfoComm is the largest professional audiovisual tradeshow in North America and like 2018, the 2019 theme of InfoComm was collaboration. Collaboration was in full force in a number of ways and the HB Communication’s team worked to find what’s new now and how technology is working across platforms to create a more personal experience. That experience is one that feels less like working with tech and more like working with another person at the table, even if they’re not actually there. HB’s engineering team shared some highlights that all focus around the newest technologies working with everything else. Here’s what our engineering team found helpful at InfoComm in creating a collaborative work space.
In any collaboration space, sight plays an important role, possibly the most important role in bringing people together. Sharing and viewing content or seeing a coworker or client in a video chat can help your organization flourish. With Sony’s Edge AI-Based Video Analytics you can share and see in a new way. This tool will be great for the higher education sector, but for those who share a lot via a white board, or who present with slides, this tool is for you, too. The keyless whiteboard includes auto tracking and handwriting extraction. Check out the PTZ camera, the handwriting extraction technology, and the Chroma key-less CG overlay.
If whiteboards aren’t your ideal collaboration solution, HB’s engineers were also excited about Sound Control Technologies extenders that allow Polycom Eagle Eye cameras to work with non-Polycom codecs by providing video and control interfacing. It is also an excellent tabletop extender for Cisco Room Kit. SCT extenders and the 1Beyond camera tracking systems partnered with Shure were a part of the larger trend of the new technology that works with other systems. Similarly, Inogeni’s Share2U is a dual USB camera to USB 3.0 mixer that works with Skype, Zoom, WebEx, GoToMeeting, and Hangouts. All of these pieces can come together to create new and better visual collaboration spaces, or they can upgrade your existing platforms.
The Power of Sound
Audio, too, is a critical component to any huddle space or conference room. Static and reverb can cause meetings to stall or important information to be missed if the sound goes in and out. The new Shure software update and functionality of the MXA series microphones can upgrade existing installations, and will be internal to newly sold units. The lobes adjusts within three feet of a moving speaker, and include AEC, noise cancellation, and mix down to one Dante channel.
Huddly too is aiming to up the sound in your collaboration space with microphones that are packaged with Crestron, Yamaha, and other room solutions. Add to that, Heckler makes simple, adjustable mounts for Huddle microphones, Panacast, Jabber, and other USB and full-size cameras. Not only will static and reverb not be a problem in your collaboration spaces, you’ll be able to integrate these solutions into your current spaces.
A Combined Effort
Collaboration is important to every part of your huddle space. How you combine sight and sound can make all the difference in making a technology space feel personal. “One of HB’s goals as a company is to develop and provide our customers with compelling, high-end user experiences, by leveraging constantly-evolving industry technology. The annual InfoComm show is an excellent encapsulation of the current state of that evolution,” notes Brian Metcalf, Director of Engineering at HB.
The interoperability of technology is making it easier for you to update your environments to include older technology or totally new to create a space that doesn’t feel tech heavy. InfoComm highlighted some of the new pieces that bring technology from a distraction in an environment to an attraction. What collaboration technology are you most interested in trying out?