POSTED ON 09/02/2018

The world´s largest AV systems integration show Integrated Systems Europe returned to the RAI Amsterdam for four jam-packed days this week. Showcasing the latest cutting-edge technology, products and solutions from over 1,200 exhibitors, the show is a highlight in the industry calendar. Our group head of video David Barton headed over to the show to get clued up on the latest innovations hitting the AV scene in 2018. With over 15 halls of tech to see, David talks us through his top six ISE highlights.

1. Panasonic’s Showstopper

Famous for wowing ISE crowds with their visual spectaculars, Panasonic pulled out all the stops for this year’s showstopper. Featuring dancers, high brightness laser projection, tracking technology, holographic screens and real-time generative content, Panasonic worked with some of the industry’s most creative companies, including Notch, Blacktrax and disguise, to push the boundaries between projection and reality. You can watch more about the technology behind the spectacular showstopper over on Panasonic's Youtube channel

2. Augmented Climbing – Interactive and Innovative Gaming

Audio and visual provider Optoma showed off the world’s first interactive gaming platform for climbing walls from Valo Motion, featuring their 6000-lumen ZU650+ laser projector. The system combines climbing, video-gaming and augmented reality to take the indoor climbing experience to a whole new level. 

3. Le Petit Chef – Impressive and Immersive 4K projection mapping 

Another exciting one from Optoma was an immersive dining experience called ‘Le Petit Chef’. The unique 4K animated 3D projection mapped show was on view for the first time and after seeing it online, I was excited to take a look at it in action. Created by Belgian based company Skullmapping, the impressive project uses four Optoma UHZ65 laser projectors to display two different animations – transforming the dining experience. You can read more about it here.

4. Christie’s Mystique – tools for complex projector setups

With event organisers always looking to create spectacular visual experiences to engage their guests, Christie’s Mystique product certainly caught my eye. This full suite of software, hardware and services aims to remove the technological constraints of fulfilling complex multi-projector projection systems. Not only does it offer pre-installation modeling and testing, it also uses automatic blending and warping for installation and helps keep the system looking perfect when it's up and running using powerful automatic re-alignment tools.  

5. Ultra Connected Directional Sign – iGirouette 

An innovation by Charvet Digital Media, these cool digital signposts helped point ISE attendees in the right direction. Displaying information in real time, the posts feature two double-sided LED displays which rotate around a central pole – very Harry Potter! Showing locations, events and services along with duration and distances, the signs are a great example of how connected technology is helping to enhance the visitor experience at large events and exhibitions. I definitely think we’ll be seeing more of these!  

6. The Man in the Clock at Schipol Airport

Now this one technically wasn’t spotted at ISE but was seen at the airport on my way back to the UK. The 10-foot-high performance art clock in Lounge 2 at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport features video of a man in a work uniform behind a translucent clock face painting the time minute by minute. Created by Dutch designer Maarten Baas, the content took 12 hours to film and if you have the time, will take 12 hours to watch from start to finish. I definitely recommend checking it out if you find yourself passing through.