Every summer, the best and brightest of the professional audiovisual communications industry gather at InfoComm to learn new skills, discover innovative solutions, network with each other and celebrate their successes. They come to Collaborate, Communicate and Connect.

Attracting more than 925 exhibitors and 35,000 attendees from over 90 countries, InfoComm is the largest pro AV show in the world. This years show took place n us June 8-14, 2013 (exhibits, June 12-14), at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

For well over a decade HomeToys.com has been covering InfoComm and bringing all the industry news and exciting new products to our eMagazine to help our readers make sense of the massive event.  We have compiled a list of some new product releases from this years show below.

As well make sure to check out our special InfoComm 2013 Newspage for Exhibitor news.


BitWise Controls – BC2 Automation Controller 

The BC2 controller offers the full processing power of the BC1, but in a svelte mid-sized form factor. The smaller size makes it perfect for automation designs involving fewer devices, but that still require the highest level of performance. BitWise made it easy for dealers to integrate the BC2 controller with no coding needed, and made it simple for users to manage their systems with the BitWise control app on their iOS and Android devices.

The BC2 provides event scheduling, email notifications, and two-way interaction with serial and networked devices. It communicates with every BitWise user interface and controller on the network, and interacts with mechanical devices using on-board relays and signal-sensing ports. New BC2 orders will be shipped June 21 in the order in which purchases were made.



Home Automation Inc. (HAI) by Leviton – Hi-Fi 2 4×4 (Four Zone, Four Source) Distributed Audio System

HAI by Leviton's 4×4 is the perfect affordable solution for homes and small businesses. The powerful yet compact Hi-Fi 2 plays music from devices you already own (or those you wish to purchase), and is so easy to operate that anyone can enjoy it. Use the free app on your iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone to control audio sources, volume levels, etc. Use the optional Bluetooth input to wirelessly stream music from your tablet, notebook, or smartphone!"





Casio – High brightness lamp free projectors 

CASIO Projectors incorporate a HYBRID LIGHT source which combines Laser and LED lighting with DLP technology for high brightness and performance. With no mercury lamp to replace, CASIO projectors are eco-friendly, have a lower cost of ownership and are covered by a 5 year light source warranty and a standard 3 year warranty for parts and labor. The full line of CASIO Hybrid projectors deliver up to 4000 lumen brightness and include comprehensive connectivity and features. 



Draper – High Performance XS850E Viewing Surface

More and more projection screens are being installed in multiple use settings where ambient light can create a "washout" effect. During InfoComm 2013, Draper Inc. is showing the projection screen surface which solves this problem. 

Draper's High Performance XS850E not only offers superior ambient light rejection capability, it also features precise resolution, high contrast, a vivid color palette, and a remarkably broad viewing cone.

"High Performance XS850E gives a nice bright image in the dark or with ambient light," according to Draper Fabric Coordinator Brian Hocker. "What makes this surface really special, though-and different from similar products-is that you see the same great image off axis, and the contrast levels are excellent in all conditions."

High Performance XS850E is available on Draper's Clarion and Onyx fixed screens. 



SurgeX – SEQ-1U: Rackspace Conscious Surge Eliminator and Power Conditioner 

Loaded with proprietary SurgeX technologies, the SEQ 1U is outfitted with Advanced Series Mode surge elimination protection, a zero let through technology that stops all surges up to 6,000 volts / 3,000 amps (unlimited surge current) without producing harmful side effects such as ground contamination or common mode disturbances. The unit also features both common mode and normal mode Impedance Tolerant EMI/RFI filtering and COUVS (Catastrophic Over/Under Voltage Shutdown), as well as SurgeX ICE (Inrush Current Elimination) for a complete power conditioning solution

Programming of the SEQ 1U is made easy through a front panel LCD display that also provides unit status and AC line voltage. In addition to protecting AV and IT equipment, the nine available outlets on the SEQ 1U can be used to control other SurgeX products or several SEQs can be interconnected to operate together to manage large scale installations. All set up configurations are stored in non volatile memory.



Aurora Multimedia – DXW-2E HDBaseT Wall Plate

Aurora Multimedia, a leader in IP control systems and HD video distribution, introduces One Room – One Cable™ solution-based products with its new DXW-2 Audio/Video Wall Plate for classroom and conference room applications. The DXW-2 accepts a single HDMI/DVI input and 1-VGA/YPbPr input each with its own analog audio input. The two inputs are selectable via the front plate, auto-detect or via RS232 and passed over a single CAT cable up to 600ft (182m) using the latest HDBaseT technology. The new wall plates do not require a power supply.                                                            

The DXW-2’s audio inputs are all embedded with their associated video signals and passed as 1080P HDMI over a single CAT5e/6a cable to the mating DXE Receiver module, DXM Matrix switcher CAT inputs or any other HDBaseT authorized product. The DXW-2 family all fit into standard Dual-gang Decora® plates and with only 1.4” depth, fits into most floor and table boxes as well. VGA signals are converted to 1080P HDMI directly at the wall plate and HDMI inputs accept DVI as well. On-board IR receiver and embedded serial control allow simple far-end display control over the same CAT-X cable. Three different models offer options with Ethernet and USB 2.0 extension as well allowing for remote use of interactive white-boards, camera’s and other USB 2.0 devices. Made in the USA, the DXW-2’s are available in both Black and White in three different versions (DXW-2, 2E & 2EU). DXW-2 & DXW-2E models shipping now.



IOGEAR – Wireless 5×2 HD Matrix (GWHDMS52) 

The Wireless 5×2 HD Matrix (GWHDMS52; $399.95) sets a new benchmark in the audio visual industry as the first product capable of sending separate full, uncompressed HD 1080p content to two HD displays or projectors from up to five sources (digital and analog) and switching among the various sources independently. The technology allows users to keep the cable box, Blu-ray player, game console or media server in one room with HDTV accessing content and send separate content wirelessly to another HDTV in any room up to 100 feet away.




MuxLab –  Multimedia 16 x 16 Matrix Switch

The Multimedia 16 x 16 Matrix Switch System is a modular AV switching platform that converts and switches a wide range of digital and analog AV inputs to HDMI via HDBaseT over Cat5e/6 cable. The switch features an 8-slot chassis that allows up to four 4-port input modules to be switched to up to four 4-port output modules for a maximum switching capacity of 16 x 16. The Matrix features Hot-swappable I/O cards; input modules: HDMI, HD-SDI, DVI, and VGA, output modules: HDMI, HDBaseT. The Matrix can be controlled via front panel, RS232, USB, webserver, and now supports Control4.




VMP – CH-002B Wall Mount Electronic Component Shelf 

The CH-002B is capable of mounting on a single stud or other suitable mounting surface, and can be mountable as one unit or assembled together with multiple CH-002B or CH-001B units to create a wall shelf system. It can also be used in conjunction with any TV wall mount to design a virtual entertainment center.

Additional CH-002B features and specifications include:

  • product dimensions: 18in. W x 14.65in. D x 9.05in H
  • shelf dimensions – 18in. W x 13in. D
  • weight: 7.3 lbs.
  • black tempered glass shelf
  • load capacity – 25 lbs.
  • black powder coat finish



Barix – Annuncicom PS1

The Annuncicom PS1 serves as a simple, compact paging staging for inter- and multi-facility communications, and doubles as an IP intercom device for two-way communication.  This also makes it ideal in fast-paced video production environments.  A push-to-talk button allows technical directors to facilitate camera movements and communicate with production personnel while remaining mobile.  Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability allows studio and production personnel to move around the studio with freedom, using a single-wire, high-bandwidth IP connection.  






Technomad – PowerChiton BreakOut Box XL 

Technomad is expanding its PowerChiton BreakOut Box series at InfoComm 2013.  The BreakoutBox is a companion product to the company’s PowerChiton outdoor amplifier modules, enabling local audio control at user-friendly locations in the same NEMA-style weatherproof, protective enclosure.  Contractors wire the PowerChiton amplifier modules direct to the BreakoutBox, typically installed at eye level so end users can adjust volume and connect devices on the fly – ideal for athletic fields and resort installations, for example. 

New this year is BreakoutBox XL, a deeper enclosure offering three expansion bays for use with up to three Technomad wireless microphones and/or custom Technomad Schedulon master audio playout systems.   The BreakoutBox XL offers extra storage space so end users can lock and leave devices following an event, and adds a mic/balanced line input channel that combines into a single jack.  The expansion slots give customers the power to install a complete PA system for permanent outdoor installation with additional integrated source options.


Sunbrite TV – 32" Outdoor Touch Screen – 3204TSP Marquee Series

The Marquee Series 32" all-weather touch screen monitor. With Enhanced Solar Tolerance (EST) technology to prevent isotropic blackout, this versatile, outdoor touch screen monitor or TV will guide your customers, or encourage them to interact with your map, menu, features, survey … or just watch your video. Commercial grade, outdoor-safe, with a durable, savvy design.








Platinum Tools – 10Gig Termination Kit 

“Streaming media traffic, whether, data, audio or video, is on a sharp rise and networks are demanding more bandwidth,” explained John Phillips, Platinum Tools, Inc. product manager. “That means bigger and usually shielded cable, such as Cat6E, Cat6A and Cat7. Our new 10Gig Kit terminates larger cable to meet 10 Gig standards.”

The connector choice is critical. In today’s world, it needs to be at least 10 Gig rated, cable compatible, and field terminate capable. “Our 10 Gig Cat6A shielded connector not only meets, but exceeds these requirements,” Phillips added. “Used along with the Tele TitanXg Crimp Tool, our cable stripper and external shielded crimper you achieve an optimal termination every time.”



TV One – CORIOmaster mini

The new CORIOmaster mini fits up to 12 High Density Universal DVI or HDBaseT ports within a breakthrough 1 RU frame. This allows users to design full-scale 3×3 video walls while eliminating a rack’s worth of discrete video components. The efficient CORIOmaster mini saves up to 10X the power required to drive complex video walls.

CORIO Parallel Video Processing Architecture tightly joins patented CORIO® video engines with up to 10 independent video processors. This radical design supports up to 26 Billion video matrix calculations per second. To ensure optimal parallel bandwidth, video transfers between the CORIO video layer(s) and video I/O processors occur at an industry-leading 4 Gigabits per second per I/O channel.



iRobot – Ava™ 500 Video Collaboration Robot with Cisco TelePresence 

The robot blends together iRobot's autonomous navigation with Cisco's TelePresence to enable people working off-site to participate in meetings and presentations where movement and location spontaneity are important. The new robot is also designed to enable mobile visual access to manufacturing facilities, laboratories, customer experience centers and other remote facilities in a supply chain.

With Ava 500, a remote worker sitting in front of a standards-based video collaboration system can meet with colleagues in an office setting or take part in experiences, like a facility tour, that would otherwise be difficult or impossible from afar. It enables a remote user in New York to travel the halls, meeting with colleagues in Paris, Hong Kong and San Francisco "on the fly" just as he or she would if physically in that location.