A recent survey of audiovisual experts uncovered seven trends for meetings, events and conferences this summer. Those surveyed are members of the Rental & Staging Network, a group of geographically diverse rental and staging companies with complete event capabilities. The trends:
1) All-white set design. Dubbed the “Apple Store” syndrome. It means big, borderless white screens for projections, white drapes, white carpets and white furniture.
2) Touch-screen technology.
3) Multi-image display presentation software. Meeting planners want software that handles multiple projectors, or other display devices like video walls or plasma screens within a computer network.
4) Pixel mapping. Also called video mapping or projection mapping. It means projecting images on large objects — the sides of buildings, for example, or anything with an unusual shape, such as a cube.
5) Branded charging stations. These sponsor-branded stations become a mini-networking environments.
6) Unconventional screen shapes. Popular shapes like hexagons are then covered with projection fabrics like Aglo.
7) Large-scale video installations. Companies are seeing video screen widths going from 40 feet, to 62 feet, to even 120 feet.