As the new kid in the office, I had my first opportunity to go to the Cedia Expo last week. I was blown away by everything the home tech field has to offer – from comfy seating and crystal clear projector displays to focal speakers taller than me.
I took about two steps on to the show floor and was overwhelmed. Dozens of booths surrounded me, each glittering with signs and displays. Like many, I found myself drawn to an impressive demo of Sony’s 4k large screen projection with native 4k source material. The video of Rio de Janeiro’s Carnaval parade was stunningly lifelike, with incredible detail, color and range.
As I was walking down the next aisle, a large game screen caught my eye. The display was shining on a plain whiteboard – and yet, when another attendee swiped his hand across the game, the pieces moved. Keytec, Inc. has created a way to convert almost any surface into a touch screen, whether a monitor, white board, even a wall. I played Candy Crush on a piece of dry wall for a few minutes before wandering on.
A filmed demonstration of a waterproof TV being hosed down caught my eye next, followed by an ultra-wide panoramic projector system. There was row after row of home theater chairs, each more comfortable than the last, and no end to the number of innovative and fun new home theater ideas. Can’t wait to see what they come out with next year!