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Live Design International (LDI) is the leading tradeshow and conference of its kind in the industry. With attendance continuing to expand each year (2017 saw the Las Vegas show hosting over 13,000 attendees!), LDI is the place to be for live design professionals. As is to be expected of such a world-class tradeshow and convention, the AV industry garnered some great insight during the week of November 13-19.

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If you’re curious about the nature of the insight LDI 2017 had to offer, you’ll want to check out our recap below. We’ve covered three of LDI 2017’s most exciting announcements, so you can get an idea of how impactful the tradeshow and convention was. These announcements also serve as indicators for AV technology trends that will continue on well into 2018.

1. A Double-Win for LED Lighting

Each year, LDI gives away awards to the best designed booths (both large and small) and to the best debuting products in the live design industry. The categories for debuting products include sound, widget, special effects, staging and rigging, projection, and lighting. While this year had many notable highlights, if you’ll pardon the phrasing, the brightest debuts were the two equal winners of the lighting category award.

Elation Professional’s “The Artiste Dali” and ETC’s “ColorSource CYC” were both LED fixtures with various notable features. Elation’s product focused on combining multiple-source LED with remote laser phosphor technology to make moving light in live design more effective with a high-colour rendering index (CRI).

ETC’s single-cell fixture was all about delivering a cyclorama fixture whose LEDs and fanless structure make the product both power conservative and cost effective, without sacrificing quality.

There’s no denying that LED lighting is the strength of live design fixtures and digital signage. HDR features are maximizing LED’s potential and minimizing issues that plagued its quality previously (like colour management, for instance). LDI 2017’s double award proves that LED is one of the AV industry’s latest trends with the most staying power.

2. d3 Technologies Makes Bold Strides after Changing Its Company Name

The projection company d3 Technologies has changed its name to “disguise” and made its mark on LDI 2017 in more ways than one. The company is known for its bleeding-edge projection products, which focus on generative content with its “gx range.” Disguise not only took home an award for best debuting projection product (its gx2 platform designed specifically for Notch), it adopted a bold presentation strategy of demoing future products. 

Everything about disguise’s rebranding speaks volumes about what it takes to stay competitive in the AV industry. Since technology is always evolving, our companies should always look forward and recognize the context of our current products and services. 

Both AV project managers and technicians should seek to take the sorts of calculated risks disguise took at LDI 2017.

3. The Future of Live Design Sound

Clear-Com’s LQ-R Series Interfaces won the best debuted product for sound award—and for a good reason. Its interfaces are able to link multiple intercom instances over an IP network. AV over IP is a trend that’s been booming within the last year, and Clear-Com’s LQ-R series is a sterling example of how distributing visuals or sound by the internet is the wave of the future.

Clear-Com is capable of linking 2-wire and 4-wire intercoms with an IP network and has a mobile app for production crew communication. Whether you’re dealing with a small church event or a larger production such as a concert at a theatre venue or a sports event, Clear-Com is able to accommodate live sound design and distribution.

These 3 LDI 2017 announcements foreshadow an exciting next year for the AV industry! Make sure your company can find and hire freelancers who can offer a variety of solutions that address the trends mentioned in this blog! Your installation offerings can only become more attractive as a result.


Paul Weatherhead

Paul Weatherhead

Prior to founding AV Junction Inc., Paul worked for a tier one AV systems integrator in an operational management capacity for 10 years. His knowledge and experience have helped him oversee hundreds of system integration projects in a variety of industries. Paul’s leadership skills as matched by his sense of humour and easygoing nature. When he’s not at work, you can find him outdoors, exploring new places or spending time with family and friends.

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