by Matt Alderton | July 15, 2013
A/V doesn’t just help planners execute their meetings. It also helps them add value to them, according to the Rental and Staging Network (RSN), a network of geographically diverse rental and staging companies that last week published its list of the top five new technology trends impacting meetings.

“Our group is composed of innovative and creatively driven rental and staging companies that know what it takes to create meeting experiences with major impact,” RSN President Donald Guzauckas Jr. said in a statement. “These trends are representative of the flexible and cutting-edge experiences our members create — it’s just one of the many benefits you get when you work with a leading A/V company.”

RSN’s top five meetings technology trends are:

1. Gesture media: “Presenters have direct input and can interact with the presentation or environment, making the event more experiential,” RSN explains. “The presenter manipulates the presentation with body movement rather than a mouse, keyboard or slide advancer, while attendees stay better engaged with the content and delivery of the speaker’s presentation.”

2. LED lighting: “For energy efficiency and for color match purposes, LED lighting continues to provide a more customized experience,” RSN says. “A/V professionals integrate LED lighting with video systems, being able to color match LED lighting to suit screen content and themes, further branding the meeting and the experience.”

3. Projection mapping: “Projection mapping, or video mapping, technologies create an unbeatable ‘wow’ factor by projecting images on any multi-dimensional shape or form,” RSN argues. “Any object can become a display, leading to stunning visual effects that make events memorable and showcase the group’s creativity.”

4. Multi-image display presentation software: “By utilizing software that handles multiple projectors, or other display devices like video walls, plasma screens, etc., within a computer network, meeting planners can work together with their A/V tech to create a fully-orchestrated multi-image presentation that leaves a jaw-dropping impression on event attendees,” RSN explains.

5. Touch screen technology: “This expanding technology is being used more and more to modernize events, and has the ability to transform presentations as we know them,” RSN concludes. “At the recent InfoComm A/V industry trade show, one company demonstrated 40 touch points at one time, which could be useful as a meeting kiosk and information center.”

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