Top EdTech Technologies at InfoComm 2017
InfoComm is North America’s largest audiovisual trade show and conference for creative, technical professionals looking for new technology solutions and innovative practices in the industry. This year InfoComm attracted over 44,000 visitors and featured more than 950 exhibitors—- making it the biggest InfoComm ever!
InfoComm gives AV professionals working in the educational sector unique learning and networking experiences. Higher education institutions have some of the most wide-ranging and demanding (yet affordable) audiovisual needs, from remote/online learning to technology driven learning spaces.
Here are some of the most exciting technologies with practical, educational applications that I discovered at this year’s show floor:
Panacast, a premiere developer of plug-and-play cameras, has added a feature to their line of huddle room cameras that will find any whiteboard in the camera’s capture field and allows remote participants to see that content as if a camera was pointed directly at the board. The cutting-edge sensor on the PanaCast Whiteboard corrects the whiteboard image’s aspect ratio. Even if the board is on an angle, on a side wall of a room, or out of focus, the corrective automation is truly impressive.
Video solutions are pivotal to online learning. This small jump in innovation stresses the importance of visual instruction, allowing virtual users to clearly access whiteboard space.
In the AV industry it seems displays and video formats improve on a daily basis. It may seem daunting to keep up with the ever-changing medium: 4k, high-definition, LED variances, and dynamic ranges. But this competition and continual development makes higher-quality displays more accessible and more affordable over time.
The new Samsung QLED monitors are Samsung’s answer to LG’s OLED technology. All QLED commercial-grade displays are specified to display one billion colors in the sRGB, AdobeRGB and LED Natural Mode color spectrums. Advances like this will help improve the quality of students’ overall experience when viewing educational content on physical screens and the power of that visual content. And remember: high tech displays are not just one-way outputs, they are loaded with applications and touch screen, interactive functionality. Advances in displays can impact the entire format of the medium!
Prysm is another staple to the digital collaboration environment. This year they showcased new functionality for their digital workplace platform with a focus on collaboration agility regardless of location, device, or individual user application preferences.
They highlighted co-browsing, which allows all Prysm users accessing content via an approved mobile device to view and interact with web content. Co-browsing brings web-based applications to Prysm workspaces via the mobile interface for the first time, offering classroom content to any device at any time. This improves the collaboration experience for both in-room and remote participants.
Interactivity and remote accessibility is a cross-section of the educational experience that has been magnified with the advent of distance learning. Innovations like Prysm’s help dissolve the noise between end users and instructors, making digital participation seamless.
There are tons of tech innovations every year at InfoComm. But it is equally exciting to network and hear about the applications of these tools from other technologists in the higher education sector. InfoComm also offers seminar and workshop packages year round, making it a great resource for anyone interested in exploring the newest trends in audiovisual technology.