From the Archive
CX Media has covered many InfoComm trade-shows. Here’s our coverage from Connections Magazine in July 1998, if you are curious about what AV/integration looked like 20 years ago… By Editor Julius Grafton:
“DATELINE INFOCOMM DALLAS, AS THE ‘NEW’ AV INDUSTRY PUTS ON 20% GROWTH
InfoComm 1998 shone like a beacon in Dallas last month, as everything AV was on show at the main global industry event. It was the year of the Flat Panel, and the LCD video projector. Or maybe the year of the shortage of network technicians, or the year of video and data integration. Such is the breadth and strength of the new and evolving AV industry.
The CRT projector is now dead technology, with countless thousands installed around the globe – all set to quietly just fade away, day by day. DLP projection is coming, but the real stars of InfoComm were LCD projectors. The Digital Mirror Device (DMD) from Texas Industries may be the technology of the near future, but it hasn’t quite made it.Yet.
The electronic cinema moved closer to reality with the new Hughes JVC ILA (Image light Amplifier) 12K projector. Visitors at Dallas saw the 12k in the projector shootout, and many came away convinced that while traditional film may still have a slight edge in terms of contrast and colour, the huge Hughes was just about there.
While INFOCOMM is the place where Sony, Barco, NEC, Sharp, Sanyo, Epson and others all battle to sell video projectors, it is also the Ground Zero venue for integration, system control, and even smart building technology. More coverage from page 19” LINK (opens to 5 page PDF)
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