ISE was huge this year. It had the largest attendance to date and will be a day longer next year. It’s become a regular destination for AV pros and I enjoyed seeing the latest and greatest AV tech.
My big takeway was that people need to start deciding whether (or when) to switch to compressed video. There were some concerns about the quality of compressed video, but larger concerns over bandwidth are encouraging its use. And of course some exhibitors were making the point (rightly) that most viewers can’t tell the difference between compressed and baseband video. With 4K just around the corner, I think that the conversation is going to heat up with respect to the role that HEVC (H.265) compression will play for this industry.
The other trend that’s clearly on its way is the idea of “unified communication” or “sharing platforms.” Systems to facilitate learning or co-working across distances are important already and will become even more so over the next few years.