Tech & Learning Names Infocomm Best of Show Winners

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Tech & Learning is pleased to announce its annual Best of Show winners at InfoComm 2020 Connected. This select group of products represents the innovation on display at the virtual show, which features thousands of new solutions from hundreds of exhibiting manufacturers. Winners were chosen based on the expert analysis of a panel of industry veterans who reviewed each product in depth over the week leading up to the convention.   

Congratulations to the following winners!

Axis Communications, Inc., AXIS C1410 Network Mini Speaker

The AXIS C1410 Network Mini Speaker is an all-in-one speaker system designed to broadcast prerecorded messages, live or scheduled announcements, and music. This smart and easy-to-integrate speaker offers wide-area audio coverage for high-quality voice and audio announcements in any indoor environment including retail locations, healthcare and education facilities, and corporate offices.  

A small speaker with broad reach, AXIS C1410 offers wide-area audio coverage, including background music and public address paging capabilities. Equipped to deliver live or scheduled announcements, the network speaker allows users to offer guidance and make informative announcements throughout an entire premise when needed. For end-users who rely on the speaker for remote audio coverage, the system’s built-in, preconfigured digital signal processing (DSP) ensures clear, crisp audio and voice messages directly following installation. The built-in Audio Player software also delivers zoning and scheduling capabilities, allowing end users to schedule background music and/or messages, and broadcast audio in different zones. 

The judges noted: "The AXIS C1410 Network Mini Speaker is perfect for education spaces in which cost effective and rapid deployment of mass notification is desirable. The addition of a motion sensor adds even more value to this low cost but versatile product."

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The AXIS C1410 Network Mini Speaker

AXIS C1410 Network Mini Speaker (Image credit: Axis Communications, Inc.)

Clevertouch, IMPACT Plus

In January 2020, Clevertouch launched its fifth-generation Plus Series touchscreen for education, IMPACT Plus. This fifth-generation touchscreen is highly adaptable and market ready to meet the needs of the everyday learning environment and for the ‘new norm’ following the pandemic. 

As education establishments return, IMPACT Plus is designed to give confidence to the user and maintain high standards of student engagement. Its motion sensors require no touch and will instantly switch on the body heat camera to help to detect those students with abnormal temperatures. The High Precision touch technology and frame will work with personal protective equipment ensuring the teacher or lecturer are able to stay safe at all times. 

All screens are digital signage ready as well as teaching and learning touchscreens. Send digital poster alerts and updates instantly or schedule posters to keep all in the teaching environment updated. 

The Clevershare app works with any device and can be opened for the students to share content or locked by the soul user of the board. Work from anywhere in the room and keeping the lesson moving forward and students engaged. 

The infinite whiteboarding is an endless canvas to improve fluidity within the learning environment. No more stopping and opening a new page. Just keep going and at the end of your session, open the QR code on screen and let the students scan the code to enable them to walk away with today’s lesson. 

Judges noted: "Clevertouch engineers imagine and designs outside the box with end users foremost in their approach. The new UX Pro product line provides a wider variety of features than the competition, adding value and enhanced performance within your environments. The remote management platform is a valuable feature for IT administrators looking to securely deploy, monitor and service across your campus."

Clevertouch IMPACT Plus display

Clevertouch IMPACT Plus display (Image credit: Clevertouch)

Crestron Electronics, Inc., Crestron Flex R-Series

The need to share knowledge and work collaboratively is more critical than ever. The new Crestron Flex R-Series is a mobile UC System that brings collaboration to wherever it’s needed most and closes the distance between teams wherever they may be.  

The Crestron Flex R-Series arrives assembled and ready to go, making rapid deployment easy. Simply roll the cart into your desired space, connect to power and network, and start your meeting with one touch.

The Crestron Flex R-Series is compatible with the award-winning Crestron XiO Cloud™ service, which is an IoT (Internet of Things) based platform for remotely provisioning, monitoring, and managing Crestron devices across an enterprise or an entire client base. The service enables installers and IT managers to easily provision and manage Flex R-Series devices for rapid deployment wherever UC is needed. 

Judges said, "In a matter of weeks the audio/visual/collaboration world has changed rapidly, and Crestron delivered. As we prepare for the new normal and a return to the workplace and school environments, the Crestron Flex R-Series provides AV/IT managers and end users with an all-in-one mobile UC cart option to rapidly deploy new collaboration systems in virtually any room or space with power and a network connection."

Crestron Flex R-Series

Crestron Flex R-Series (Image credit: Crestron)

Crestron Electronics, Inc., X Series Amplifier

The Crestron AMP-X300 is a high-performance, space-saving, energy-efficient, professional-grade amplifier solution that’s totally configurable, yet simple to use. 

Whether you’re in the market for a stereo amp that mounts on a wall or under a table, or a multichannel rack mount amp with multiple output types and power levels, the AMP-X300 is simple to specify and install in any configuration. This four, dual-channel amplifier is rated at 75 W per channel with a choice of “LoZ” outputs to drive 4 or 8 Ohm speakers, or “Hi-Z” outputs to drive a distributed speaker system (70 V or 100 V). With both balanced and unbalanced inputs connecting to a two stereo or four mono source(s) via a detachable terminal black or RCA connectors, deploying a state-of-the-art amplifier is easier than ever. This amplifier was also designed to provide users with a dependable quality solution. 

The AMP-X300 is engineered to deliver exceptional performance and reliability with low distortion, low noise, and high power headroom. Advanced Class D technology maximizes efficiency to reduce power consumption and heat dissipation. An internal universal power supply ensures consistent performance at varying line voltages.

An energy-efficient design enables the AMP-X300 to meet demanding ENERGY STAR requirements. The AMP-X300 draws no added inrush current during power-up, thereby reducing AC circuit requirements and allowing multiple units to be connected to a single switched circuit. The efficient design ensures cool running operation and long-term reliability. The AMP-X300 is high-density stackable with other Crestron modular amps, allowing multiple units to be installed vertically in an equipment rack without needing extra ventilation space. The AMP-X300 features protection against overheating, shorted or overloaded speaker lines, excessive input signals, and other faults.   

Judges noted: "As Crestron made the commitment to provide clients turnkey solutions they did not skimp when it came to supporting their audio product lines. Multiple channels of amplifiers in small form factors will continue to reduce SKU's necessary to complete jobs as well as the rack space required to achieve the project goals." 

Crestron X Series Amplifier

Crestron X Series Amplifier (Image credit: Crestron Electronics, Inc.)

Crestron Electronics, Inc., HD-RX-4K-210-C-E-POE

The Crestron HD-RX-4K-210-C-E-POE is a multiformat AV switch and receiver that provides HDMI® video switching and audio presentation capabilities in areas such as conference rooms and classrooms. 

Compatible with all DM Lite transmitters, the HD-RX-4K-210-C-E-POE provides one DM Lite input for connection to one transmitter. A CATx (CAT5e or higher) twisted pair cable connects a transmitter to the HD-RX-4K-210-C-E-POE for the transmission of HDMI signals. For resolutions up to 2K, the maximum transmission distance is 230 ft (70 m). For higher resolutions up to 4K, the maximum transmission distance is 130 ft (40 m). 

The HD-RX-4K-210-C-E-POE includes a Gigabit Ethernet PoE+ PD port that can be connected to a PoE+ port on a Gigabit Ethernet switch. PoE+ eliminates the need for the HD-RX-4K-210-C-E-POE or the connected DM Lite transmitter to be connected to the PW-2412WU power pack.

An Ethernet port connection to a LAN also provides control by enabling use of the built-in web interface as well as connection to a control system.

Judges said, "Small products continue to change the way we do business in the professional AV market. The Crestron HD-RX-4K-210-C-E-POE has a feature set that matches its long model name. This series of switching receivers will rapidly find their way into classrooms and huddle rooms as we prepare to return to in person collaboration and learning experiences."

Crestron HD-RX-4K-210-C-E-POE AV switch

Crestron HD-RX-4K-210-C-E-POE AV switch (Image credit: Crestron Electronics, Inc.)

The BrightLink 735Fi ultra-wide ultra short-throw laser display changes the way technology, users, and their ideas converge. With the ability to turn almost any flat surface into a widescreen digital whiteboard, the new BrightLink 735Fi offers a seamless interactive experience. Featuring dual-pen interactivity with auto calibration, the BrightLink 735Fi also has an optional touch capability with a space-saving, easy-to-install touch module.  

The BrightLink 735Fi is a true collaboration device, integrating the utility of a whiteboard, projector, and interactive display so users can simply turn on the device and start writing and collaborating, with no additional computers required. 

The BrightLink 735Fi offers either a 100-inch, 16:9 or ultra-wide 110” -inch, 16:6 display, offering up to 65 percent more interactive space vs. a 75-inch flat panel. The ultra-wide 16:6 aspect ratio supports split-screen, side-by-side viewing from multiple sources resulting in large, easy-to-read displays, which will be key for tomorrow’s reduced class sizes. Boasting 3,600 lumens of color and white brightness, the BrightLink 735Fi delivers a bright display with Full HD 1080p resolution optimized for superior readability.  

Judges commented: "Epson has always been a market leader and innovator in the education projector market. Now with their new BrightLink 735Fi UST Interactive Display, they continue to allow architects and designers to rethink the traditional classroom model with interactivity untouched by competitors product lines."

Epson BrightLink 735Fi UST Interactive Display

Epson BrightLink 735Fi UST Interactive Display (Image credit: Epson America, Inc.)

Hall Research Technologies, USB 3.0/3.1/2.0 Gen 1 Javelin™ AOC

Hall Research has a new addition to their Javelin series active optical cables: the CUSB3V1-AP*.  Available in lengths of 15, 30, and 50 meters, CUSBV1-AP* cables support transparent extension of USB 3.1 Gen1 Super-Speed at data rates of up to 5 Gbps. It is also downward compatible with USB 2.0 or 1.1 devices. An additional 5 volt regulator on the receiver end will boost the power to compensate for power hungry USB cameras.  

CUSBV1-AP cables are compatible with virtually all USB 3.0 and 3.1 Gen1 devices, and are a perfect solution for extending 4K videoconferencing cameras, video capture, docking stations, and other high-speed data communication. They also work with USB 2.0 or 1.1 devices, although this feature is only available for PCs running Windows and needs a driver installation. Driver installation is not required for extending purely USB 3.0 devices on any platform (PC, Mac, Linux).

The cable is a light-weight hybrid of fiber and copper, and is plenum rated to ensure compliance with modern building codes. The small cable ends can be easily pulled through most conduit, and no additional power is required, making the CUSBV1-AP* a true plug-and-play solution. 

Judges noted, "Reliably extending USB has always been a complex challenge for designers. Hall Research Technologies expansion of the Javelin series to support UBS3.0 is the next step in improving the user experience with peripherals."

Hall Research Technologies USB 3.0/3.1/2.0 Gen 1 Javelin™ AOC

Hall Research Technologies USB 3.0/3.1/2.0 Gen 1 Javelin™ AOC (Image credit: Hall Research Technologies)

Maxell Corp. of America, MP-JW4001 3LCD Laser Projector

The Maxell J Series projectors fulfill a need for affordable yet feature rich 3LCD laser light source projectors for the education and corporate markets. The MP-JW4001 has 4,000 ANSI lumens brightness and WXGA resolution. 

The MP-JW4001 provides significant value with a 20,000-hour (normal mode) and up to 40,000 (long life 2 mode) light source life for a dramatic reduction in the total cost of ownership, and is backed by an industry-leading 5-year or 10,000-hour limited warranty.

Judges said of the series, "Slim, lightweight, and easy on the wallet, the new Maxell MP-JW4001 projector projects itself as an emerging product line to consider for smaller spaces. While the resolution lags behind other offerings the price is right for certain applications."

Maxell MP-JW4001 3LCD Laser Projector

Maxell MP-JW4001 3LCD Laser Projector (Image credit: Maxell Corp. of America)

Sennheiser, MobileConnect (Gen2) Assistive Listening

In today's world it is more important than ever to offer inclusive bring-your-own device solutions for those in need of an assistive listening product.  The next generation of MobileConnect features the new MobileConnect Station, MobileConnect Manager software, and the innovative MobileConnect app (iOS and Andriod) for a customized, discreet experience on a smartphone that is compatible with headphones, hearing aids, and cochlear implants. 

Judges noted: "Gone are the days venues need to purchase large quantities of proprietary assistive-listening receivers. Sennheiser's MobileConnect platform delivers a higher quality campus-wide solution necessary for today's schools, performance venues, and houses of worship."

Sennheiser MobileConnect (Gen2) Assistive Listening

Sennheiser MobileConnect (Gen2) Assistive Listening (Image credit: Sennheiser)

Sony Electronics, Sony's Eye Sensing Light Field Display

Sony's Eye-sensing Light Field Display is a personal device with a built-in camera that identifies and tracks the user’s eye position and viewing angle. Based on this information, it adapts and skews the 3D image for the best viewing angle. Showcased in a 15-inch, glasses-free desktop volumetric monitor, this 4K display features super high precision and contrast for the best spatial reality experience not found in conventional naked-eye 3D displays. 

The display technology is designed for connection to a gaming computer via HDMI cable and runs Sony's SDKs using a game engine, such as Unity and UE4. Because the SDKs run on Windows OS, users can easily adapt existing VR/AR content and various 3DCG data and enjoy a spatial reality experience on various open platforms.

The Eye-sensing Light Field Display fully utilizes Sony's expertise in picture quality to deliver exceptional contrast, creating a reliable and accurate display of creative content. In particular, Sony's engineers used three of Sony's original unique display technologies: an innovative display, high-speed vision sensor with face recognition, and a real-time rendering algorithm. 

Judges said: "As virtual and augmented reality continue to become the standard for event and gaming experiences, Sony continues to innovate building on their rich history in visual quality. Sony's Eye Sensing Light Field display gets users even closer to removing the perception of virtual in a glassless 3D experience."

Sony's Eye Sensing Light Field Display

Sony's Eye Sensing Light Field Display (Image credit: Sony Electronics)

ViewSonic ViewSonic®,  TD2455 Touch Display

The ViewSonic TD2455 podium solution empowers presenters to upgrade their existing projection solution to add interactivity. With responsive, in-cell touch technology and a modern ergonomic design, the TD2455 delivers hands-on control for collaborative classrooms, conference rooms, or large lecture halls. 

The intuitive 24-inch, 10-point touch screen offers a smooth and responsive experience, and the 10-point multi-touch capability allows teachers and students to simultaneously write or draw on the surface using styluses or fingers. The display comes with a lightweight, optimized stylus pen that can be used to write notes, draw, or perform other detailed tasks that require more accuracy than fingertips. The pen can be easily attached to the magnetic base of the display for quick access and secure storage. 

The TD2455 features an ergonomic, dual hinge stand that lets the screen be tilted and adjusted to deliver a more comfortable user experience. This sturdy design ensures that the display works in various environments and scenarios to boost interactivity. 

Judges said, "ViewSonic understood the market needed updated touch displays with sleek and functional designs. With it's price point the new TD2455 will find its way into a variety of applications including wayfinding, self-check-in systems, and classrooms, and more." 

ViewSonic® TD2455 Touch Display

ViewSonic® TD2455 Touch Display (Image credit: ViewSonic)